LINCOLN - The owners of Cinemaworld have plans to expand business in the Lincoln Mall, opening up a restaurant, bowling alley, laser tag arena and arcade, according to documents filed last month with the Town Clerk.
Town Clerk Karen Allen said rather than connecting the new attractions to the movie theater, the plan includes renovating the row of stores on the left when walking through the mall's main (south) entrance toward the fountain, across from the coin-operated kiddie rides.
Vacant space will allow retail shops, like Claire's, to move across to the right side, she said, near GNC, so the footprint of the mall will not change.
Hours for the proposed CW Lanes and Games is listed on the application as 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays.
The facility would have a 350-person occupancy and seating for 175. The application says there would be 50 employees.
Father and son Rick Starr and Rick Starr II are president and vice president, respectively, of Cinemaworld of Florida Inc., which owns the 16-screen movie theater on George Washington Highway that opened in 2005, as well as one in Florida.
The Starrs have applied for both a BV license to have a full bar at the bar and grille, as well as a victualling license to serve food, for the proposed CW Lanes and Games. Both items were on the Town Council agenda for a public hearing on June 18, but Councilors deferred the items to the next regular meeting on July 30.
The elder Starr told The Breeze by phone that he "can't talk about anything" at this time.
His business currently just owns movie theaters, he said.
"We are in the family entertainment business, which includes movie theaters," Starr said.
Allen explained that both licenses would be granted pending the businesses meeting all certifications. Once a liquor license is granted, she said, the owners would have a year to put it into use.
She said she understands the restaurant may be connected to the bowling alley, and the arcade may be like a Chuck E. Cheese's.
The bowling alley would be the third in the Blackstone Valley area, with North Bowl Lanes in North Attleboro, Mass., and Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket.
And the arcade could be reminiscent of its predecessor, the Dream Machine, which was open in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The new arcade would not be in the same spot as the Dream Machine, though, Allen said, as the mall has been re-configured over the years.
Lincoln Mall has had its share of changes since it was built in 1975, including the closing of General Cinema in 1999 after 24 years of business.
The 500,000-square-foot property had a bit of a revitalization in 1999 from Churchill & Banks of Providence, which spend $15 million redesigning the space and attracting Ocean State Job Lot, Stop & Shop and HomeGoods to make the mall more like the company's Garden City in Cranston.
WP Realty became the owners in 2002, bringing in Starbucks and Chili's Bar and Grille.
But there was serious buzz in 2005, when a Target opened in the space once occupied by K-Mart, and originally home to the Outlet, Zayres and Ames.
That was also the year that Cinemaworld first opened its doors to the mall's 60,000-square-foot addition to the back of the building, ushering in a new era for the mall.
Since then, businesses like Five Guys Burgers and Fries, FroyoWorld and Maxx Fitness have moved to the complex, which is now managed by Inland American Retail Management LLC.