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Dave & Buster's getting closer to Burlington reality

Posted by Megan McKee  October 22, 2010 06:13 PM

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Dave & Buster's, the Texas-based restaurant-and-arcade chain, is getting closer to becoming a reality in Burlington.

Burlington’s planning director, Tony Fields, said testimony at the Planning Board should begin in November for the proposed 660-seat, 35,000 square-feet complex. Dave & Buster's took out their application in June.

The Planning Board must approve a permit for Dave & Buster's before it can be built.

The 12-acre site, which sits at the crossroads of the Middlesex Turnpike and Interstate 95, is the former site of Burlington Dodge, said Fields. Since it’s in such a high-visibility area, the Planning Board is allowed to review the design of the building, he said.

“Being a prominent piece of property, there will be a fair amount of discussion over architecture,” said Fields.

Dave & Buster's doesn't have any Massachusetts locations but does have one at Rhode Island's Providence Place mall. Each Dave & Buster's entertainment complex serves food and alcohol and features its so-called Midway, which is like an arcade for adults.

Traffic mitigation will be a major issue because there’s a median on the road. One option is to create a signalized shared driveway with the Barnes & Noble next door, said Fields.

The town is hiring a consultant to independently study traffic impacts, and once the conclusions roll in, Planning Board testimony can start, said Fields.

Megan McKee can be reached at megan.mckee@gmail.com.

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