KENT, Wash. – In the 1200 block of Central Avenue North, there’s a neon sign that is a beacon for bowlers. The word Bowl in red lights let passerby know Kent Bowl was open for business Thanksgiving Day. And a sign in the parking lot read, “Free bowling in Honor of Zab.”
Dennis Zaborac says he decided to waive the costs as a tribute to his late father.
“It’s all about family,” said Dennis.
His dad, Jack “Zab” Zaborac, passed away on November 7, 2015 at the age of 90. The US Navy Veteran raised his family in Kent. He had a job at Boeing, but at age 37 decided to pursue his lifelong passion of bowling. First, he took the position of Manager at Kent Bowl, and eventually ended up owning the place. Over the course of 53 years, his son said Zab turned down numerous offers to sell the property. He wanted Kent Bowl to be a fun, family oriented landmark.
In honor of Zab’s wish to see families play together, his family decided to make all bowling free on Thanksgiving.
“That’s what it’s all about. Instead of looking down at their cell phone and people not communicating, here is a great way for people to get together and actually have a lot of fun bowling,” said Monica, Zab’s daughter. “My dad would have loved it.”