Mellow Mushroom, drive-in movie show deliberate

Come for the video games and zip traces. Keep for the flicks, live shows and Mellow Mushroom pizza.

That’s proprietor Chris Scuderi’s new philosophy for Gator Mike’s Household Enjoyable Park in Cape Coral. The park’s upcoming growth undertaking will embody main live shows, a drive-in movie show and the town’s first Mellow Mushroom restaurant.

The thought is to herald folks in the course of the day for the park’s current points of interest, together with an aerial park, go-karts, batting cages, mini golf and ax throwing.

Then, when evening comes, the brand new points of interest will give folks extra causes to stay round. They’ll seize some meals at Mellow Mushroom, absorb a live performance or watch a drive-in film from the AC-cooled consolation of their very own automobile.

“I attempted to seek out issues that had been going to work effectively collectively,” Scuderi says, “and likewise at totally different instances of the day.”

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Development may begin as quickly as February on the 5,200-square-foot restaurant — solely the third Mellow Mushroom in Southwest Florida. The opposite two areas are in Estero and south Fort Myers.

The restaurant may open 4 or 5 months after that, Scuderi says. It possible can be adopted a couple of months later by the drive-in movie show.

The roughly $5 million undertaking is anticipated to show the Pine Island Highway amusement park into much more of a vacation spot, says Nita Whaley, enterprise recruitment/retention specialist for Cape Coral’s Workplace of Financial and Enterprise Improvement.

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