GUILDERLAND After years of courting entertainment options to fill vacant space within Crossgates Mall, officials recently announced that a Dave and Busters will be coming to the shopping center.
Dave and Busters styles itself as an American restaurant, bar and arcade venue. It will fill 33,000 square feet on the mall’s first floor in the space once occupied by Klein’s All-Sports near the Regal Cinema. It will have its own exterior entrance that was previously used by Borders.
“Dave and Buster’s is the type of new entertainment people are looking for,” said mall General Manager Joe Castaldo. “Our mall draws customers from a huge distance, like 100 miles away, and we want to provide the options that keep people coming back here and staying longer.”
Mall management has been looking to add more entertainment features into the shopping center for several years. There was previously talk of adding a bowling alley, day spa or comedy club into the building. Another option was including an arcade-themed restaurant.
Dave and Buster’s is a Texas-based family chain restaurant with more than 60 locations nationwide. Recently, there was word the restaurant may be included as one of three major tenants to take part in the revitalization efforts at Latham Circle Mall under Grossman Development Group. It was later learned the company opted out of the project for another location.
Castaldo said remodeling for the restaurant is set to begin in January and will be complete by the summer of 2013.
The addition of Dave and Buster’s is just one of many modifications management is making to the mall to help attract a new clientele. Castaldo said the interior and exterior of the mall will be painted and ceiling tiles are being replaced. New floor tiles on the bottom level of the shopping center are also being installed and bathrooms will be remodeled. There will be additional soft seating for a more home-like feel.