PITTSBURG — The former Fort Scott Community College air conditioning location on west Fourth Street has been transformed.
White walls have been painted over with neon colors, work benches replaced with barriers to protect from enemy fire and the tools replaced with a laser tag gun, equipped with vibration recoil and a laser scope.
Zappy’s Family Entertainment Center officially opens Saturday at 312 W. Fourth Street.
The 7,500 square foot entertainment center will have an arcade, food, two party rooms and the main attraction, a 3,300 square foot laser tag room. The owner, Robert Brumback, is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and attended Southeast High School.
Brumback’s career in the automotive industry took him to other states, before family drew him back in July. Prior to making the move and eager to start his own business, Brumback prodded his brother, Woody Cole, about what Pittsburg was lacking.
“He started talking about not having anywhere to take the kids,” he said, a feeling Richard Pasillas knows all too well.
Pasillas was installing the soda fountain on Wednesday and seemed just as excited for the opening as his three sons.
“We’ve been waiting for something like this,” Pasillas said. “My kids are excited.”
“They are ready to go laser tagging, so am I.”
Pasillas would likely be even more excited to see the laser guns. The roughly $1,000 guns look like a science fiction weapon. Brumback said the software with the guns allows for different scenarios.
Laser tag games will start at $7.50 per person a round, with discounts available for multiple games. The location has arcade games, a pool table, shuffle board and air hockey.
Arcade games will start at 50 cents, which Brumback said is much cheaper than traditional arcades. Hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, popcorn and drinks will be available on site as well
Having a party at the center will run from $10 to $12 a person depending on the size. The prize includes a free round of laser tag and a fountain drink.
Brumback said he’s hired five part-time employees and may expand to seven.
Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
More information can be found on the center’s Facebook page or call 620-308-6238 during business hours.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.