Tallahassee has a new option for food and fun — Hangar 38.
The entertainment venue at Bannerman Crossing has eight lanes of boutique bowling, more than 70 arcade games and a full restaurant and bar. Its soft opening is Monday with a grand opening May 4.
“We have the only venue in Tallahassee where parents can enjoy themselves and kids can enjoy themselves at the same time,” said General Manager Joe Crather. “It’s what makes us unique. There’s something for everyone”
Before the 17,000-square-foot Hangar 38 was filled with its enticing games, it looked like an airplane hangar, Crather said, which played into its name. It also pays homage to the private helicopter hangar, owned by the shopping center’s owner Rick Kearney. And the three owners – Keith Paniucki, Johnny Lee and Manny Arisso – have eight children between them.
When visitors first walk in, they’re greeted with four 12-foot screens showing sports and music videos behind colorfully lit bowling lanes. They pass the redemption room filled with prizes such as L.O.L. Surprise! dolls, Fortnite memorabilia and Funko Pop! collectibles.
“We wanted to go after things kids were really in to,” Crather said.
Tickets, which are stored virtually on the same card as credits, are won at some of the larger-than-life arcade games that include Connect Four Hoops, Quick Drop, Space Invaders and Flappy Bird. Pinball machines, Mario Kart racing, Halo, and air hockey all sit waiting for patrons to give them a play.
The restaurant, Zeppelins, a nod to the first airships stored in hangars, has a full bar and menu that has everything from pizza to sushi to wings to ribs to fried cheesecake. When the website launches on Monday, its food will be available for order and pick up.
In addition to birthday parties and family outings, Hangar 38 wants to be a go-to spot for a night out. Happy hour will be held from 3:50 to 6:50 p.m. during the week. Adult game nights will feature a comedian to heckle contestants.
The Bannerman Crossing location, 6668 Thomasville Road, won’t be the only Hangar 38, Crather said. In the future, the owners hope to open more locations in Tallahassee and the Panhandle.
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