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.”