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Dave & Buster's Opens in Braintree With 150 Games

The restaurant, bar and arcade opened to the public on Dec. 7 and had a ribbon-cutting on Dec. 8 after many months of wrangling to come to the former Circuit City building at the South Shore Plaza.

Giant Pac-Man and Connect 4 arcade consoles are among the Braintree-specific games at Dave & Buster's, now open to the public after much debate in the community, and featuring dining, a bar, private event rooms and 150 amusement devices.

Dave & Buster's representatives held a media tour and ribbon-cutting on Thursday morning following the establishment's opening on Wednesday – five days earlier than its planned Dec. 12 launch.

Jessica Foley, an event coordinator, led a tour through the 33,000-square-foot D&B's, housed in a former Circuit City building next to the that has been modified into a wide-open layout, with dining room seating for 250 on one side and games and a prize room on the other.

Upstairs, a large event room is multi-media equipped and can hold up to 200 people, arranged in different ways. The room costs approximately $250 for four to five hours, Foley said. Another, smaller room is next door.

It is the first Dave & Buster's in Massachusetts, but likely not the last, Foley said. The Dallas-based company, founded in 1982, is looking for other locations, she said, but finds it difficult because the concept requires strong daytime business and space larger than a typical restaurant.

Dave & Buster's received 4,000 applications for its Braintree location, Foley said, and interviewed 1,500 people. Of its 250 hires, 20 percent are from Braintree – a standard that it promised to uphold during at-times contentious meetings with the town's various oversight bodies over the past two years.

Residents and town officials also expressed public safety concerns during Dave & Buster's approval process. Because of that, the company agreed to pay for police details every night, and extra officers on the weekend, along with firefighters, Foley said.

In addition, a staff of "captains" checks everyone for an ID outside the front door and patrols inside as well. They also keep track of capacity, which Foley said Dave & Buster's would like to keep low during the initial weeks after opening to maintain an ideal playing environment.

Patrons must be at least 21 years old to enter, or else be accompanied by someone at least 25 years old. A single 25-year-old can bring with them up to six underage customers. Starting at 10 p.m. each night, Dave & Buster's becomes exclusively 21 and older, Foley said.

"We run an effective, safe business," she said. "If something goes awry, it's adults causing the problem."

Dave & Buster's is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Its address is 250 Granite St.

Joe December 10, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Thanks Mayor Sullivan and the Town Council for pushing Braintree that much closer to Dorchester and Revere Beach. We wont forget at election time!
Alex Graziano December 10, 2011 at 07:09 PM
D&B is doing enough to keep it under control with the police detail being there every night it's open, (Not to mention the firefighters) and especially the age restriction set in place. They don't expect these from other establishments that attract rift raft.
rob December 13, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Welcome D&B. Yes Joe I thank the Mayor and the council for bringing an establishment to a vacant building at the entrance of our town. I commend everyone involved for doing a great job and making sure Braintree will be protected. Did you think a flower shop was going to take over that building?
cj July 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Love this place! The philly cheese was delish! This place is nice and clean too. The staffs were excellent! We'll be back for sure!

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