BEATRICE – The new owner of a reopened bowling and recreation business in Beatrice has gotten a favorable recommendation on a Class-C Liquor license application from elected officials.


Steve Sempeck has taken over what’s called Family Bowl and Social, at 22-23 Court Street. The lifelong bowling business operator in the Omaha area says initial reaction to the business reopening has been phenomenal, especially on weekends.


Sempeck says he used to come to Beatrice several years ago to bowl at both local establishments, during leagues. Now, he focuses attention on helping proprietors keep their bowling establishments viable.


Sempeck says bowling, as a business, has changed a lot in the past couple of decades. He says League bowling as the mainstay, has shifted more to an entertainment business.


"You've got to take care of people and you have to be an option for people who don't want to bowl Wednesday night's men's league for thirty three weeks".
Sempeck says the business will welcome birthday parties, fundraisers and school events, among other things.
To start with, the business has been open at 4 p.m through evening on weekdays, and on noon on weekends.


"Beginning next week, we'll be open seven days a week. We were closed on Mondays....we just needed a day to get things done, there.....it had just kind of seen better days when it comes to mechanical things".


Sempeck says he has a lease-purchase arrangement for the business. The city council recommended approval of the class-C liquor license application, which now goes to the Nebraska Liquor Commission for action.