- Associated Press - Saturday, May 10, 2014

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - A North Platte landmark has closed its doors.

The Cedar Bowl and Touchdown Club closed on Monday.

Owner Scott Rasmussen said after the facility fulfilled its contract with the women’s state bowling tournament on Sunday, he was done.

“The business has been up for sale for about four months now,” he told the North Platte Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1qgjq3o). “We had to honor our contract to the state bowling, and I decided to close the doors after that.”

Despite the flurry of rumors circulating around town, Rasmussen said he has not sold the property or business.

“We’ve had a few inquiries but no firm offers,” he said. “I would prefer that someone purchase it to keep it a bowling center, night club and restaurant.”

Harold Rasmussen first opened the bowling alley in 1955. Harold’s son, Butch, took over management three years later.

“My dad started the business in 1955 at Rodeo Road and Willow streets,” Butch said. “I went to work as the manager there in 1958 and then bought the operation from my family in 1986.”

In 1976, Butch decided to move the Cedar Bowl from the north side of North Platte to its current location at 1100 S. Jeffers.

“I decided to move it because of all the expansion in town to the south,” Butch said. “I realized that if we stayed on the north side, someone else would come along and build a bowling operation on the south side.”

Butch sold the business to his son, Scott, in 1999.

All decisions about the business have been Scott’s for the past 15 years, Butch said.

“When I sold the business to Scott, all the decision-making fell into his lap,” Butch said.

Scott said the time to close was now.

“Summer is not a good time for the bowling business,” he said. “It was a difficult decision, but it got to the point where the property was worth more than the business and I had a great offer to go into business with my brother, so I decided to go that route.”

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