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An indoor amusement center at Lafayette Square Mall could be sold to a Springfield, Mo.-based company negotiating to take over the space occupied by Xscape.

America’s Incredible Pizza Company, a 1950s-themed family entertainment center, said it could have a deal finalized as soon as Wednesday. The company is negotiating with an undisclosed party that would own the site under a franchise agreement.

“If a deal is struck, residents around the Lafayette [Square Mall] area will see the Xscape facility transformed with new ownership, management, employees and the company’s signature menu items on an all-new buffet,” said Rick Barsness, CEO of America’s Incredible Pizza Company, in a prepared statement.

The 75,000-squure-foot Xscape amusement center opened in December 2008. It is facing legal challenges after the family of a 5-year-old boy who fell off a teacup ride filed suit in March against Indianapolis-based Zoom Entertainment LLC, the amusement park’s owner.

The suit claims Zoom Entertainment failed to inspect and test the ride.

America’s Incredible Pizza Company said a complete safety inspection will be performed by an official of the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Organization to recertify all rides and attractions at the facility

The company said it enforces a dress code and does not sell alcohol or allow smoking at its locations. It plans to remove a bar at Xscape if the deal is approved.
 
The Missouri chain has a dozen locations, including one near Greenwood Park Mall.
 

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  • Good News
    This will make it, just look at how crowded Chucky Cheese pizza place is on West 38th. With a buffet and rides along with the video games, this will be a definite hit. And this location isn't that bad. All that negative talk only makes it seem that much worse. When is the last time you were in the area "some girl?"
  • It won't fly
    Nothing will thrive at this gang-ridden ruined mall...they have a bar at the location?! Who's brainy idea was that, given the history of the neighborhood?!? No wonder there's a lawsuit/problems...
  • Hmmmm
    Don't get me wrong, I like the Incredible Pizza Company concept. But can Indianapolis support two locations? Furthermore, will it thrive at Lafayette Square Mall?

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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