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Fun Central Location in Wappingers Reopens (With Alcohol!)

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After three years of lying dormant, the mini golf course and video game mecca in Wappingers Falls has reopened, and this time they’ve got a full-service bar.

This weekend marked the grand opening of DC Sports. New management has taken over the former Fun Central location and the facilities have been re-imagined as family entertainment center and sports bar. Over the past three years,the location was empty, except for seasonal use as a Halloween costume store.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that owner Dan Pizzarelli has remodeled the interior with golf simulators and a full bar with flat-screen TVs and other amenities. Other family-friendly attractions will be added including ski-ball and video games. The outdoor areas will open this spring, bringing the mini-golf course and bumper boats back from the dead.

Plans are underway to remove the batting cages and replace that area with a sand volleyball court. Although DC Sports is being marketed as a family-friendly sports center, alcohol won’t be confined to just the bar area. Patrons will be able to take drinks with them throughout the entire facility. That’s right, even on the mini golf course.

Other chains have mixed kid-friendly activities with alcohol to varying success. Dave & Busters has alcohol and video games, but mostly markets itself to adults. Chuck E. Cheese has recently added more alcohol options to their menu in hopes of satisfying parents who are spending the day surrounded by screaming kids.

Businesses will be able to rent out the facilities for private functions and there will also be reservations available for kid birthday parties. Visitors check out the sports bar and golf simulators over the winter, however the mini golf and other outdoor attractions won’t begin their renovation until the Spring.

We want to know what you think. Do you think the addition of alcohol to this sports center will be the key to its success? Or are you concerned about blending a sports bar with kid activities?


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