ARIZONA CITY — Peter and Kelsey Redwine raised two daughters in Casa Grande and during that time they felt there wasn’t much entertainment for their two girls around town.
“We’ve lived here for 12 years and we’ve already raised two daughters,” Peter said. “We started over and adopted three kids and being parents of little kids and realizing that our older daughters growing up here didn’t have a lot to do. We had them involved in youth sports, a church youth group and 4-H but there wasn’t really anything as an entertainment outlet for kids to do around here.”
The Redwines began researching the idea of bringing an entertainment venue for kids to the area in May 2018.
“We realized that if we don’t do this, nobody else will,” Peter told the Arizona City Chamber of Commerce Jan. 22. “Casa Grande is not big enough for a national chain; that kind of cleared the way for us to come with this idea and fill this need for family entertainment.”
Peter mentioned that all the pieces started falling into place as far as the location and the type of activities that will be available at Throwback Family Fun.
According to the Redwines, there will be a roller skating rink, miniature bowling, laser tag and an arcade.
“We think there’s a huge demand for this based on the feedback that we’ve gotten from the community, the mayor, the chamber of commerce, the (Casa Grande) City Council, the school districts,” Peter said. “Everybody is ‘Yes, please open this as soon as you can.’ We think we’ll be 100% funded before the end of February, and this is really happening.”
In addition to all the activities, the venue will also have a party room available for reservation for birthday parties and other gatherings.
As for food and beverages, the Redwines are looking at having air fryers for hot dogs, burgers and fries without dealing with all the grease that comes with deep frying. Peter mentioned that they are looking at offering a variety of non-alcoholic beverages as well as bottled alcoholic beverages.
“We’ve taste-tested all these foods and they are just as good or better as deep fried,” Peter said. “They have 70% less fat than the deep fryer. We are going to have a beer and wine bar and we’ve decided that as a family entertainment center we don’t want to serve hard liquor. We’re going to have bottled beer and single serving wines.”
Throwback Family Fun is still in the planning stages, but the Redwines hope to get the building permit before the end of February and are aiming to have the grand opening in April or May at the former Sports Authority location in The Promenade at Casa Grande.