By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE – The City Council approved Play Atlantis’ plans to convert a small, unused building on its property to provide carryout, separate from its main arcade, at its Jan. 20 meeting.
Chief building official Brad Burns said that during the Jan. 13 Planning Commission meeting, the body approved a site plan for Play Atlantis, 19400 Allen Road, to renovate the existing, vacant building into a carryout restaurant.
He said the 600-square-foot structure may have served as a haunted house in the past.
Burns said the structure has its own water meter, sanitary sewer line and separate utilities.
“What (Play Atlantis) is proposing is a walkup, carryout restaurant,” he said. “The whole outside is going to be resurfaced – a whole new façade – and the parking lot is going to be resurfaced and the sidewalk is going to be resurfaced, so I think the building itself is going to get a nice overlook, compared to what it is right now.”
Burns said the menu will focus of fresh fish and chicken.
Kamal Tolia of Play Atlantis said the menu inside of the arcade, with pizza and chicken fingers, is more focused toward children, whereas the carryout facility would have different varieties of fried fish, plus chicken, for pickup, targeting families and offering carryout meals for customers who do not want to enter the arcade to pick up a food order.
“That’s the main idea of opening up this place for a carryout restaurant,” Tolia said.