The Wild Game Entertainment Experience is slated to open this fall in Bergen Park after three years of planning and effort.
Walking around the massive building where workers are finishing an addition for a bowling alley, Evergreen developer Dave Wilson talks about his vision that is finally becoming a reality.
“One of our goals is to improve a community asset, to have it be a fun place for people,” Wilson says. “We want people to have a good experience.”
The main portion of the $5 million entertainment center is located in the building that formerly housed the AMC Bergen 7 Cinema, which Wilson purchased in 2011.
When completed, the 24,500-square-foot center will feature a variety of entertainment and dining offerings, including a restaurant that Wilson describes as upscale and family oriented. The Rendezvous Tap and Kitchen managed by operating partner Steve Cominsky will offer a variety of entrees including fish, burgers, salads and pizza.
“One of the things we really want to push is quality food,” Wilson said.
The spacious restaurant with a fireplace and rustic décor also will have a full bar and a private wine-tasting room for patrons.
The clubhouse portion of the center will feature large-format televisions and a 12-foot projection screen where people can watch games and enjoy food and beverages. This spacious section of the center also will have an indoor bocce court and game halls with ping-pong tables, shuffleboard, foosball, billiards, darts and an outdoor patio.
The game zone, a state-of-the-art video arcade, is designed for people of all ages, Wilson said. Players can accrue points on a magnetic card that can be redeemed for prizes in the arcade.
One of Wilson’s goals in developing the entertainment center was to provide a venue for parties and events for people in the community.
“That’s a big part of our plan,” he said.
The center's VIP room is being designed for hosting fund-raising events and celebrations, which can include private bowling lanes and games.
Also part of the plan is to offer regular events and activities such as bowling leagues for couples and families, Wilson said.
Before embarking on the project, Wilson traveled to established entertainment centers in the country for ideas. He also conducted a feasibility study and market analysis to see what might work for Evergreen.
The final concept and plan that Wilson and partner Sean Lynch created are tailored for the community and surrounding areas, he said.
Wilson describes the décor and theme of the Wild Game Entertainment Center as “indigenous” to the area. Samples of beetle-kill pine and Wyoming snow fence are in Wilson’s office, along with a large bear and heads of deer and antelope preserved by taxidermy, which will decorate the entertainment center.
“It’s a home-grown concept,” Wilson said of the project. “We’re not doing this as a huge money-maker."
Wilson and other private investors in the project are almost exclusively based in Evergreen, he noted.
Lynch, who is overseeing construction, is an Evergreen native, and Wilson has lived in the community since 1991. He and Lynch previously redeveloped the former BMC West property into the Evergreen Mercantile Building, where their offices are located.
In addition to providing an entertainment and dining venue for people, the Wild Game is expected to create approximately 80 new jobs in the community, Wilson said.
In the coming months, Wilson is planning to hold a job fair for those interested in working at the entertainment center.
The exact date of the opening for the Wild Game Entertainment Center has not yet been determined.
For more information, visit www.thewildgame.net.