The last business to remain open in the former Bowlmor building on 12th and University has closed, leaving no more. University Pita has shuttered.
In their goodbye note, they say they are not relocating.
Around the corner, similarly displaced Japonica is relocating. Their plywood is up with a "coming soon" banner.
Meanwhile, back at Bowlmor, flowers have appeared in the shuttered gate, along with a note, "In loving memory of Marky B."
Mark Braunreuther was Bowlmor's greeter for 16 years. In the Times recently, Jo Certo wrote a memorial goodbye to him, calling him a "benevolent minder, gentleman greeter, peacekeeper on the rowdy corner" and "the mayor of University Place."
Now that every single one of the many small businesses in this building
have been pushed out--from Bowlmor to Stromboli Pizza--the luxury condo
construction can begin. Already, the hardhats are revving their engines.