June 16, 2024


Buzz The Music

$8M entertainment location The Park at RVA opens this week

The entrance to The Park at RVA, an entertainment venue opening this 7 days. (Jonathan Spiers photos)

Orcun Turkay claims he likes to maintain his promises. And, as he promised this summer months, he and a team of traders are set to provide the significant leisure venue he’s been guiding for months, The Park at RVA, in time to check out this year’s FIFA Earth Cup there.

The $8 million facility, spanning 55,000 square feet of space in the Michael & Son elaborate at 1407 Cummings Travel, is slated to open up Wednesday, capping a undertaking which is been about a calendar year in the building.

A moss wall and park-like swings greet readers to the location.

Marketed as “an indoor wonderland,” the venue consists of a mix of leisure solutions, including an 18-lane duckpin bowling alley, an 18-hole mini golf system, a few virtual golfing bays, three bars, a food stuff hall with six restaurant principles, a beer back garden-design area with 30 self-pour faucets, a 200-man or woman banquet hall and a 200-seat auditorium for stay songs, comedy acts and corporate functions.

The brainchild of Michael & Son President Basim Mansour, The Park at RVA fills  a second-ground business place that was leased out to a tenant that went dark about the class of the pandemic.

A 60-foot most important bar centers the location and capabilities multiple significant-display TVs.

Encouraging to light-weight it back again up are exterior murals that announce the new location to commuters together the interstate. A staircase mural by community artist Naomi McCavitt greets visitors at the entrance, along with a moss wall and a established of park-model swings, which are central to The Park’s branding. Additional murals throughout the location are by Mickael Broth, Wing Chow, Jared Fykes, Skela and Ed Trask.

A 60-foot key bar centers the venue, which also incorporates a DJ booth, karaoke room, live performance stage, and a multi-digital camera image location that results in a GIF of patrons that can be shared on social media.

The 18-lane duckpin bowling alley.

The venue can accommodate up to 1,000 men and women and employs about 100. Turkay reported reaction to the venue’s work fairs has been powerful, as has curiosity in non-public events and corporate gatherings.

Orcun Turkay

“It’s been magnificent. We have above 30 or 40 sales opportunities that came via that are intrigued in booking with us. A large amount of massive parties, organizations,” mentioned Turkay, a hospitality field vet who Mansour enlisted as The Park’s vice president of functions.

“It’s been a clean ride,” he mentioned of the undertaking. “No issues. The city’s been particularly collaborative.”

Major the job is The Park RVA LLC, an traders team that contains Mansour and Turkay. The group served as its very own basic contractor and financed the venture themselves, with Mansour the primary backer.

Richmond-primarily based Launch the Hounds managed branding for the location and assisted with the naming of the food stuff hall’s restaurant principles. Los Angeles-centered Ellis Adams Group created the interiors and assisted make the foodstuff-and-beverage application. Hamid Moumni of Falls Church-dependent Buildix Inc. was the job architect.

Other companies involved include things like World wide Tailor made Furniture in Cleveland. London-based mostly Smith & Satan made the mini golfing program, and the digital golf bays ended up developed by Total Swing Golf.

The 18-gap mini golf system was built by a enterprise primarily based in England.

The Park will be open Wednesdays to Sundays initially, with a objective of getting open day by day just after about 90 days. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays and Thursdays 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays. Weekends will incorporate brunch menus, and the venue is open up to all ages right before 7 p.m. and ages 21 and up into the evening.

The Park at RVA adds to other advancement action in close proximity to The Diamond, such as the Brewers Row advancement beside Hardywood and the Diamond District redevelopment planned close by.