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Houston bowling alley where Takeoff was killed isn’t a dangerous place, says ex-manager

The bowling alley where rapper Takeoff was shot and killed Early Tuesday is a downtown Houston celebrity magnet that’s being misrepresented as a “dangerous” place, according to the venue’s former manager.

Jonathan Rumpf, the former general manager of 810 Billiards & Bowling, tweeted a tribute at the end migos rapper on Tuesday in which he defended the company. Rumpf is listed as the location’s general manager on LinkedIn, and several photos on his Instagram account show him at the franchise’s Myrtle Beach location.

“When I opened 810 Billiards and Bowling – Houston as General Manager in November 2021, I wanted the venue to be a fun place for everyone; including guest musicians, athletes and regular guests. It breaks my heart to see him associated with the murder of the ‘Takeoff’ musician,” Rumpf wrote, adding that his “prayers” are with the rapper’s family and that he hopes the shooting doesn’t affect “the how people see downtown Houston.” or the place itself.

Neither Rumpf, current Houston 810 manager Mark McGee, nor 810 CEO Michael Siniscalchi responded to The Daily Beast’s multiple requests for comment.

810 Billiards & Bowling, located in a mall surrounded by skyscrapers and office buildings just minutes from City Hall, opened its Houston location on November 26, 2021, according to the establishment’s Instagram page. . It is one of many branches of the South Carolina-based entertainment franchise.

An article published Monday on the online kitchen store Restaurant Dive describes 810 Billiards & Bowling as an “upscale mixed-use bowling concept” that opened in North Myrtle Beach in 2015. Other locations are expected to open later this year, the article says, including Fort Smith , Arkansas and Greenville, South Carolina.

The bowling alley’s chic clientele, along with its prime downtown location and interior shots showing private lanes flanked by black sofas for intimate gatherings, paint a very different picture from the establishment imagined by some social media speculators.

Some tweets blamed Takeoff, a Grammy-nominated artist with multiple top 10 hits, for spending time in “the hood.”

“Sorry, but I’ve been to 810 Billiards & Bowling alley in downtown Houston and I know that’s not a black balaclava.” one person tweeted in response. “This is downtown Houston FGS and it’s open to everyone, black or white.”

Pictures from the bowling alley’s social media profiles show that it had been frequented by a few famous faces before.

“Actor and rapper Common came and hung out lately!” read a message posted on the bowling alley’s Facebook page on September 28, along with two photos of the smiling rapper with employees.

“You never know who you’ll meet at 810 Houston! Jabari Smith Jr. of the Houston Rockets hung out with us last night,” read another post from September 13, which features a photo of the 19-year-old professional basketball player inside the space.

Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, was shot outside the bowling alley after an altercation broke out involving a group of around 40 unidentified patrons and his uncle, Quavo. Along with rapper Offset, the three formed the Atlanta rap trio, Migos.

Videos of the scene published by TMZ show a man holding what appears to be a handgun as several parties exchange verbal blows. Gunshots are heard and later video shows Quavo and others gathered around Takeoff’s body, calling for help.

The Harris County medical examiner said Takeoff died of “penetrating gunshot wounds to the head and torso in the arm,” according to various electrical outlets. No arrests have been made, but the man seen holding a gun in the video is currently a person of interest, according to police.