New eatertainment venue with games and food to debut in Fairview this summer
A new concept combining food, beverage, and sportsy activities is making its Texas debut: Called Larks Entertainment, it's from a new Southlake-based company that's taking an innovative approach to the eatertainment field, and will open its first Texas location in Fairview, at 531 Town Pl., in the former Bowlero spot.
Larks Entertainment is a new venture from industry veteran Curt Skallerup, former CEO and Founder of Altitude Trampoline Parks, which he sold in 2018.
His new concept offers a smorgasbord of entertainment options such as shuffleboard or miniature golf, in a "modular" format, with different offerings at each location, depending on size.
The Fairview location will span about 23,000 square feet and will include a restaurant, shuffleboard, yard games, and arcade games including both nostalgic older names as well as the latest games designed for multiple players.
Skallerup says their target opening date for Fairview is early summer.
Fairview is one of three that the company is launching in 2023, along with Kansas City and a facility in Nashville. Larger venues are in the works including a 50,000-sq-ft-plus location in Wisconsin and a mega-venue in South Carolina spanning 100,000 square feet.
Concepts that fall under the Larks Entertainment umbrella include:
- Larks Shuffleboard Club
- Larks Putt Club
- Obstacle Adventures
- Blast Legends
The eatery component is called Larks Kitchen and Bar, and features a menu of shareable dishes such as quesadillas, flatbreads, and charcuterie boards.
One thing that Larks Entertainment does not include is trendy pickleball, which is its own category entirely.
"Our concept would be perfect next to a pickleball place, we want to be part of an energy-packed area," Skallerup says.
Ideally, Larks' lineup will appeal to multiple age groups, from kids to teens to adults, and is available at various price points.
"We're creating a place that's inclusive, that's affordable for families, with shuffleboard for seniors, with games that anybody can play, and at a reasonable cost," Skallerup says. "It can be a place to take your kids during day, but with an adult-driven element too. If you're on a date, it's an environment with activities rather than two people sitting across from each other at a table. The whole thing should be an experience."