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New Future for Former Wilderness Crossing

September 27, 2012
New Future for Former Wilderness Crossing

Say it’s the middle of winter, and you’ve got an urge for Bocce, the classic ball tossing game, or Cornhole, the popular beanbag pastime found at any self-respecting tailgate bash.

You’ll soon be able to scratch that gaming itch at Incredible Mo’s, a new family-oriented fun center opening in coming weeks at the former Wilderness Crossing in Grawn. Incredible Mo’s will feature the only indoor Bocce and Cornhole courts in the Grand Traverse region.

Owners Chris and Sandra Mohrhardt (the ‘Mo’s) bought the building in July and are in the process of remodeling. They recently took The Ticker on a tour of the building, which has sat vacant for almost two years. “The exact opening date depends on the process for the liquor license,” explains Chris. “But ideally we’ll be open by the holidays, maybe even a soft opening in November.”

Chris is no stranger to the business of family entertainment centers. He was instrumental in the transformation of longtime family business, Timber Lanes, into Lucky Jack's, named in honor of his grandfather, Jack Mohrhardt, who founded the TC icon in 1961. (Jack's sons, Mike and David, operate Lucky Jack's today.)

In addition to the area designated for Bocce and Cornhole, the Mohrhardts will offer 10 lanes of bowling, mostly for open bowling. A restaurant will seat 100 guests and specialize in artisan pizzas, burgers, salads and "lots of appetizers.” Sporting events will be broadcast on several big-screen TVs.

Incredible Mo’s has budgeted $350,000 for 50 new games for a bigger, better arcade. There will also be an expanded laser tag area and a Kid Zone designed for toddlers. An 80-seat banquet room will be available for groups that want to hold company parties, church groups or other events.

“We want to focus on making this a hub for birthday parties for children and adults,” says Sandra, who has experience in event planning and will coordinate those activities. “We want to be very involved in the community.”

While the Mohrhardts declined to reveal the price, documents acquired by The Ticker indicate a cost of $1.96 million.

While Incredible Mo’s will stress family functions, there are activities for older fun-seekers too. “We’ll have room for the after-dark crowd, too,” says Chris. “We’ll have things like glow bowling, and we’re planning some neat things with live music. We want everything we do to be fresh and innovative. I’m a tech person, so I want to incorporate a lot of that.”

One of the techie trends bowlers will enjoy: tunes and videos from the Bowling Music Network.

Incredible Mo’s will have a staff of about 40 employees, both full and part-time. “We want Incredible Mo’s to be a great place to play and a fun, light-hearted place to work,” says Chris, who says he's considering holding a job fair in November. “We’ll be looking for employees who know how to keep our visitors happy, who are into having fun.”


Most Recent Comments

 
lovie Kowalski on February 4, 2013 6:36pm

Hi Chris, met you at lj's, during our Sr bowling day's. On the way home, keep reading your sign, hope opening day is soon. We are all planning to have lunch at your restaurant, then attend your other games, etc--congratulations! Can't wait!!!!!

Victoria on January 8, 2013 2:50pm

Congratulations on the opening of the Wilderness.. Loved it when it was a bowling alley and arcade.. Can't wait to go there again.. I was wondering how you go abouts applying for a job there.. I have great experience in a lot of areas:)

Dave on December 14, 2012 2:49pm

Hope you will have a "country" night again. Used to come see Lonesome Fugitive on Thursdays there. Always a great time !

Jack on December 12, 2012 9:09am

Glade that someone took over and open this buliding up for the people on the south side of Traverse City. Just hopeing that they will have some bowling leauge next year. Wishing you guys the Best !

Sherri on December 11, 2012 8:21am

Congratulations!! I am very much looking forward to having something open on this side of town again.

Lisa on December 11, 2012 8:07am

WOW! so happy this big beautiful building will soon be filled again! WE MISS KARAOKE! WE HOPE THIS WILL BE IN THE NEW CALENDAR!!!

Penny Tokarski on December 6, 2012 2:24pm

Very excited to hear about the new opening! Would love to get more information on the job fair.

Emily Graham on October 29, 2012 1:50pm

I just want to say congratulations to Chris and Sandra, I think Incredible Mo's will be a huge success and I would love to be a part of the staff there when you open, if you could contact me with more information regarding the possible job fair in November that would be wonderful! Thank you for your time (:
-Emily Graham
emilygraham_11@yahoo.com

richie on October 2, 2012 11:20am

Congrats to you and Sandra. You'll both do very well -- as you did at lj's. You made lj's so progressive, matching the times. MANY GREAT INNOVATIONS!! Good luck. Georgi and I will be stopping by, & it's on our side of town!

CynthiaTurner on October 1, 2012 9:55am

Best Wishes and congratulations to Chris and Sandra! So happy you're going to grow the business and offer more family activities.

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