The Park at RVA entertainment venue in the works near The Diamond – RichmondBizSense

Managing Partner Orcun Turkay in front of the entrance under construction for The Park at RVA, an entertainment venue being built near The Diamond. (Jonathan Spiers photos)

Richmond has a food hall. It has sports bars and beer gardens. It has miniature golf, duckpin bowling and indoor simulator golf.

But it doesn’t have all those things under one roof.

Basim Mansour

A group of investors led by Basim Mansour, president of HVAC company Michael & Son, is looking to change that with The Park at RVA, a multi-entertainment venue that’s filling 55,000 square feet of space in the Michael & Son complex at 1407 Cummings Drive.

Marketed as “an indoor wonderland,” the venue is to include an 18-lane duckpin bowling alley, an 18-hole mini golf course, three bars, a food hall with six restaurant concepts, a beer garden-style area with 30 self-pour taps, three golf simulator rooms, a 200-person banquet hall, and an auditorium for live music, comedy acts and corporate functions.

Construction for the venue got underway in December, and the group is aiming to open it this fall. Along with the interior upfit, a two-story addition that will form The Park’s entrance is taking shape on the southern side of the complex, which hugs the interstate between Feed More and Diversity Thrift east of The Diamond.

Over a year in the making, the venue was first envisioned as a rooftop beer garden with a dog park, event space and other amenities. But when the second-floor space, previously a Cocentrix call center, went dark over the course of the pandemic, Mansour said he saw an opportunity to solve a problem.

“I lost a 45,000-square-foot office user, and obviously COVID is changing the world now with the aftermath of it. I couldn’t fathom getting another 45,000-square-foot office user for my space. So, now I’m left with this situation, after a year of trying to lease it up: what can I do here?” Mansour said.

“I just happened to be with my buddy in Miami, we were on my balcony just drinking and smoking a hookah, and I was thinking about doing a food hall,” he said. “Just like any great idea, it all starts over drinking. This one was no exception.”

While the rooftop was nixed due to timing and cost, Mansour, 52, said The Park will be unlike anything else in Richmond.

A rending of the 60-foot-long main bar with duckpin bowling lanes behind it. (Renderings courtesy of The Park at RVA)

“It went through a thousand renditions to get to here,” he said. “I love great food, but I also love customer service, and this thing is my world: it’s about customer service, customer experience, great food, entertainment.”

Guiding the effort is Orcun Turkay, the group’s managing partner who Mansour enlisted as vice president of operations. Turkay has two decades of experience in hospitality, having previously been a corporate food-and-beverage director for Shaner Hotels, a hospitality group with dozens of Marriott- and Hilton-branded properties.

Connected a decade ago through a mutual friend who’s one of the other partners in the group, Mansour brought Turkay up from Florida specifically to head up The Park.

“To be successful in this business, it has to have exceptional customer service, and Orcun is the best guy for this spot,” …….

Source: https://richmondbizsense.com/2022/07/25/the-park-at-rva-entertainment-venue-in-the-works-near-the-diamond/

Managing Partner Orcun Turkay in front of the entrance under construction for The Park at RVA, an entertainment venue being built near The Diamond. (Jonathan Spiers photos)

Richmond has a food hall. It has sports bars and beer gardens. It has miniature golf, duckpin bowling and indoor simulator golf.

But it doesn’t have all those things under one roof.

Basim Mansour

A group of investors led by Basim Mansour, president of HVAC company Michael & Son, is looking to change that with The Park at RVA, a multi-entertainment venue that’s filling 55,000 …….

Managing Partner Orcun Turkay in front of the entrance under construction for The Park at RVA, an entertainment venue being built near The Diamond. (Jonathan Spiers photos)

Richmond has a food hall. It has sports bars and beer gardens. It has miniature golf, duckpin bowling and indoor simulator golf.

But it doesn’t have all those things under one roof.

Basim Mansour

A group of investors led by Basim Mansour, president of HVAC company Michael & Son, is looking to change that with The Park at RVA, a multi-entertainment venue that’s filling 55,000 …….

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