When patrons walk into the Fat Cats Entertainment Complex in Rolla, they can find a mini golf course, arcade, concert stage, games and a small bar area all under one roof.
The new business owned by Rolla native Josh Noe opened in October, and five months later, expansion at the complex is under way.
Fat Cats, which is located at 1100 East Highway 72 behind The Family Center of Rolla, opened Oct. 19. The facility is about 10,000 square feet in size, according to Noe.
“I wanted to give kids and families something to do indoors,” Noe said of his reason for starting his first business. “I wanted it to be family-friendly. Good, clean family fun is my focal point.”
Noe said the name of the complex refers to his grandfather, who was a golfer.
In fact, mini golf is one of the activities offered at Fat Cats. For $3 each, people can play a nine-hole game of glow-in-the-dark mini golf.
The entertainment complex also offers concerts every Saturday night. On Valentine’s Day, the facility hosted Waynesville’s Vino Alan, who competed on the last season of the “X Factor” and Rich Vickers as Elvis.
“I’m trying to bring music back to Rolla,” Noe said. “I want to give people a place to watch a good show on Saturdays.”
All concerts are for people ages 18 and older. There is a $5 cover charge for concerts, but Noe said, “For that, they can get their first drink free or a free round of golf.”
Noe said he has hosted battle of the bands and plans to hold charity concerts this spring. A cage match also is scheduled for March. He also is interested in bringing comedy or runway shows to the center.
The entertainment center also has an arcade with games that cost no more than $1 each as well as pinball, air hockey and pool tables.
Construction has started on a new wing in the facility that will be a kids-only zone. Once built, it will include a small race track, a full concession stand and a kids area and lounge. This new area is scheduled to be open in March, Noe said.
Fat Cats serves food, such as nachos, sub sandwiches and burritos as well as drinks during its operating hours. There is a small bar area that is separate from the rest of the gaming and concert areas and has a separate outdoor entrance to the bar area.
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“Nothing in my business is more than $5, even the food,” Noe said.
“This center was built for families,” Noe said. “It’s not a bar that has stuff for kids ... I want to give them something positive.”
In fact, Noe said he would consider closing the bar section for a night and have a kids-only event with churches or other groups.
Noe said he encourages the public to reserve the center for birthday parties, wedding receptions, work parties and socials.
In addition to Noe, there are two other employees who work at the center.
Fat Cats is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 5-11 p.m. or later, Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. or later and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. or later. The center is open to all ages until 9 p.m. After that, only those 18 and older are allowed in.
The complex’s phone number is 573-426-3330. The complex has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FatCatsEntertainmentComplex.