Old fashioned arcade proposed for Olde Mistick Village
Mystic -- The latest proposed upgrade at Olde Mistick Village, which continues to boast new businesses and construction, is a old-fashioned arcade.
Stephen Clemente, the owner of village shop’s Sticky Situations and the Extras Virgin Oil Store, is seeking a special use permit from the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission to renovate the interior of an existing building between Franklin’s General Store and the Grey Goose Cookery, to create what he calls an old fashioned leisure space for families and children that features no more than 50 video and carnival-style arcade games.
Clemente offered examples of games to be offered as Pac-man, Space Invaders, Pop-a-Shot basketball and Skee-Ball.
“Strategically, the overall premise behind the creation of the recreation center is to assist in providing another layer of recreational activities for families while visiting Olde Mistick Village. To date the only other recreational activity for families inside Olde Mistick Village is a move theatre, the duck pond nonwithstanding,” he wrote in a letter to commission Chairman David Rathbun.
The letter states that the average daily use will be 70 families per day and it will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Clemente wrote that unlike a family entertainment center which has a formalized restaurant, his operation will not have a food or beverage component.
“There are plenty of family friendly restaurants inside Olde Mistick Village and our intent is not to compete with any of them, rather support them by providing a venue for families to come and be entertained before and/or after their respective meal or shopping experience,” he wrote.
He added the arcade will provide an added layer of family-style entertainment for locals and visitors that will strengthen the experience within the village and for families staying in nearby hotels and visiting the adjacent Mystic Aquarium.
The commission will now schedule a public hearing on the application.