A big, brash, and bustling chain of restaurant and entertainment palaces out of the Wild West, Dave & Buster’s hardly got the red carpet treatment when it began location-hunting along Route 128 a few years ago.
But local opposition to the outsized eatery, where the number of seats and video games runs into the many hundreds, appears to be slowly fading as the Texas-based operator establishes a business record in Massachusetts.
Now, Dave & Buster’s is closing in on its second Route 128 location, with plans for a sprawling 47,000-square-foot entertainment palace at 275 Mishawum Road in Woburn. If the City Council approves the proposal later this month, the 828-seat eatery will open with 200 video-game terminals.
“Woburn has been very receptive to it,” said Joseph Tarby, a lawyer representing Dave & Buster’s in the local approval process. “It’s in an area where there are other restaurants and industrial uses. It’s all good so far.”
Even so, selling the concept has not been a cake walk for the big Texas chain of restaurants where you can order drinks from a cocktail waitress while playing your favorite video game. Although Chuck E. Cheese and Fun and Games on Route 9 in Framingham both offer video games, they are designed for children, with soda on tap, not beer, on tap.
Woburn’s Planning Board recently recommended the proposed Dave & Buster’s be approved, but with a list of 23 conditions. Most are related to traffic, with the company on the hook for a new sidewalk, improvements to traffic lights, and a traffic study that could lead to additional further improvements.
The chain will also have to pay for police details during busy Thursday through Sunday evenings, according to the list of conditions issued by the Planning Board. Three to six months after the restaurant is opened, city officials will review the police details and to determine whether they are still needed or can be scaled back, the document indicates.
The Woburn City Council is expected to review and potentially approve the project on Oct. 27, with the restaurant slated to take shape at the now empty and disused site.