ployees to learn, and making mistakes along the way is part of the game. “I make mistakes everyday, but I know that’s how we grow as individuals,” he said. “I’m looking to hire more people with character, people that trust themselves and admit when they make a mistake.”
Not only are Riemer and Davis committed to their employees, they also are committed to their community. A few years ago they purchased the bowling establishment along STH 32/57 on the north end of Hilbert in order to give the community a place to gather. Today the establishment is called Officials Den Bowl & Spirits.
“We invested in the bar and bowling alley as a way to grow with the town. It’s a way for us to give back to the families in the community,” Davis said.
In August 2012 the bowling lanes were 100 percent redone and upgraded.
Davis said they are hoping to boost the number of bowling teams and leagues this fall. Eight volleyball teams have been playing on the outdoor courts this summer. Davis said they plan to turn those courts to eliminate sun issues and also install another horseshoe pit as those leagues—along with dart and pool leagues—have been going well at Officials Den.
The establishment includes a small banquet hall in which a new floor has been installed in the past year. Officials Den has a total capacity of 170 people. New bar stools also were purchased in the past year, and a new sign along the highway with an LED message board is coming this fall.
Sarah Thiel manages Officials Den and in the past year has been given part ownership. Officials Den has a full kitchen and is open seven days a week, from 11 a. m. to close. Davis said customers rave about the wings—bone-in or boneless, available in seven or eight different flavors.
Check out Officials Den on Facebook for news including upcoming specials and events.
“This was a place we started to give back, so we appreciate all the support we’ve gotten from the community,” Davis said. In a small town it is sometimes easy to say there is nothing to do. For this reason, Riemer and Davis are trying to provide a social, affordable place for people to get together.
Davis added, “Seeing a family together bowling and having a great time, that’s just the best feeling.”