One of the great joys that I have experienced over the last 10 years in writing this column is to watch businesses grow, thrive, and adapt to the demands of our local economy.
One local entrepreneur who has done just that is Darin Van Tassell, co-owner of the Clubhouse complex in Statesboro, which is home to the Clubhouse, Hackers golf range, Twin Falls miniature golf course, and an ATEC batting cage facility. Van Tassell is also an associate professor in the Center for International Studies and the Department of Political Science at Georgia Southern.
Opened in 2010, the 42,000-square-foot Clubhouse is the most recent addition to Van Tassell's entertainment complex, and the family entertainment center has been a success. Those who know Van Tassell know that he is not going to sit on his laurels.
"We are actually in the process of two expansions," he said. "First, we have re-themed Spikes Restaurant in the Clubhouse and it has a whole new feel and couldn't be more pleasant. We have removed walls, added a large bar, and revamped the menu. It is so comfortable. We have the NFL Sunday Ticket and now serve beer and wine. It is all about creating an experience, and the renovations have been very well-received."
Construction of the second expansion should begin in early spring. Van Tassell is building a state-of-the-art go-cart track equipped with electric go-carts eliminating noise and emissions.
"The track will be 800 to 1,000 feet, and drivers will be given a certain amount of time on the track," he said. "These go-carts are unbelievable and can be tailored to the driver for speed and simulated 'race car' noise which only they can hear. You station the cart over the battery to be recharged, which can be accomplished in about four minutes."
Van Tassell's wife, Netra, is managing the Clubhouse, which is quickly being booked for Christmas parties.
"Renovating the restaurant has really opened the door for an additional audience," she said. "We are booking everything from family birthday parties to corporate Christmas parties and everything in between. We have the ability to design the food around the customer's wants, and they combine that experience with everything else that the Clubhouse has to offer. In addition to having an event in the restaurant, we have private rooms and the Skybox, which is our private luxury bowling suite with four lanes of bowling, individualized sound/music, a huge TV screen, and casual seating. This is just a lot of fun."
I believe that we are truly lucky to have a facility like this in Statesboro, and I can't wait to see what the Van Tassells are going to come up with next.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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