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Family entertainment center targets 28th Street

September 26, 2014
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Family entertainment center targets 28th Street
Dave & Buster’s, founded in 1982, owns and operates 69 locations. Photo via

A chain of family entertainment centers — where customers “eat, drink, play and watch” — is planning to open a location on 28th Street.

The city of Kentwood approved last week a special land use application from Dallas-based Dave & Buster’s for a liquor license at a site that formerly housed a Barnes & Noble, at 3660 28th St. SE, according to Terry Schweitzer, community development director, city of Kentwood.

Schweitzer did not know when the chain planned to open the center.

The chain’s plan involves both demolition and renovation work on the building, creating about 26,500 square feet of space, Schweitzer said.

A building permit application was also filed with the city by Kimley-Horn & Associates in Lisle, Ill.

The landlord of the property is Jade Pig in Grand Rapids.

A Dave & Buster’s spokesperson couldn't be reached for comment on Friday.


Dave & Buster’s, founded in 1982, owns and operates 69 centers in the U.S. and Canada.

The centers feature a restaurant, sports bar, arcade, play area — for bowling, billiards and shuffleboard — and a winner’s circle, where customers can redeem tickets they earn playing games.

The space

The seating capacity will be 422 throughout the space: 154 in the main dinning room; 100 in the bar; 82 in the sports room; and 72 in the “small function rooms,” according to a letter submitted to the city on behalf of Dave & Buster’s by John Carlin, Jr., an attorney with Carlin Edwards Brown in Troy.

Dave & Buster’s aims to develop in high-traffic areas, Carlin says.

“Its presence throughout the country has a reputation where a visitor to Kentwood would know what to expect at a Dave & Buster’s and that, in and of itself, can simply be an attraction for the community,” Carlin says.

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