TORRINGTON – One of Torrington’s newest businesses is sure to put a spring in your step.
Inspired by his own young daughter, Donnie Lam – who also owns Broncho Grill House and Bar – is working to bring a kids’ fun center to the area, including bounce houses, an arcade with ticket redemption, ice cream shop, table games, such as pool, and more.
Lam recently purchased the old D and B Fine Furniture building at 2007 Main Street
“I’d like to start a kids’ pool league, and maybe on the weekends, Friday and Saturday, we’ll bring a DJ in,” Lam said as construction continued in the historic Goshen County structure Tuesday.
Residents will soon see a sign emblazoned with the words, “Bounce City” hanging proudly on the building. Inside, workers are sanding and resealing the wood floors. Lam hopes to open before school starts on Aug. 21.
“The community could use something like this for little kids,” Lam said, adding he’s been looking for the right location to open a kids’ fun center for some time. “I have a little daughter, and when I go somewhere, I always take my daughter with me. We have a full menu (at the Broncho Grill House) we can serve you here (at Bounce City), and the kids can go have fun while you eat. I would like a place like that for myself, I don’t want her to sit there while I eat and be bored.”
Once it’s up and going, Lam said residents will be able to rent the center for special occasions, like birthday parties and weddings.
“In the future, if it works out, maybe (I’ll offer) an indoor pool or laser tag, just mainly focus on kids,” he said. “I’m not here to charge people an arm and a leg for kids’ entertainment – that would defeat the purpose of providing a place for kids … this place is not meant for me to get rich, it’s a place for kids to have fun.”
In addition to fun, Lam hopes to use Bounce City to promote safety and education.
“I want to promote kids doing well in school,” he said. “We might have special prizes for ‘straight-A’ students – maybe a free day, or ice cream, food. At the same time, I have to (make sure) it’s safe for kids here.
“My goal is to open from (around) 2 to 9 p.m. on the weekdays, limiting the distraction (for kids) from being out here during school. Plus, they have to do their homework,” Lam continued. “Maybe on the weekend I will open a little bit earlier, and … until (around) 11 p.m. Fun and school have to go together.”
Stay tuned for a Bounce City Facebook page with more information.