MAIN STREET JOURNAL – It won’t be long before the pleasant cool temperatures of fall will be replaced by winter cold. While there are outdoor activities to enjoy in the winter, those seeking to escape the cold and enjoy indoor recreation have plenty of options to choose from at the Apex Center of New England.
Ten restaurants feature a variety of fare including two eateries that specialize in Italian and Mexican food. In addition, there are ten different types of entertainment/recreational businesses.
Topping the entertainment venues is Apex Entertainment, which is billed as New England’s largest family entertainment center. Other entertainment/recreation attractions include Altitude Trampoline Park, BB Kidz Klub, Breakout, Half Axe, Muse Paint Bar, Planet Fitness and MindTrex, all of which are housed inside the Apex Entertainment building. Nearby outside are Goldfish Swim School and Title Boxing Club.
Restaurant options include Friendly’s, the 110 Grill, Hot Table, Okami Hibachi and Sushi, Chick-fil-A and Evviva Cucina, QDOBA, Protein House, and Starbucks. The tenth restaurant, the Pit Stop Tavern, is located inside the Apex Entertainment Center.
Leading the way in the eatery category in terms of local name recognition is the new prototype Friendly’s Restaurant with drive thru. A popular destination for diners and ice cream lovers since 1935, Friendly’s has undergone significant changes over the past several years and the Marlborough store signals the start of a new era for the business.
The 110 Grill menu includes pasta, beef, poultry, sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. Established three years ago in Chelmsford by Apex Center developer, Robert Walker, and restaurateur, Ryan Dion, the business has since expanded rapidly. Visit 110grill.com.
Hot Table specializes in grilled panini sandwiches and wraps. Each panini is individually made and cooked on the “Hot Table” grill. The menu also includes mac-n-cheese, soups, salads and desserts. For more details visit hottable.com.
Adding some Italian flare to the Apex dining options is Evviva Cucina where the primary menu item is pizza. A modest variety of other offerings includes shrimp and lobster risotto, chicken parmigiana, mac-n-cheese, and pan seared cod. Visit evvivacucina.com.
Named one of America’s “Top 20 Most Admired Brands” by the Harris Poll, Chick-fil-A is famous for its chicken. The restaurant also serves fresh salads, fries, milk shakes and more, plus breakfast. The facility offers an indoor play area for children.
QDOBA serves burritos, tacos, quesadillas, chile con queso and Mexican gumbo. Customers order by selecting an entrée then choosing its ingredients. All items are made in plain view of the customer. Visit the website, qdoba.com.
Okami is known for its sushi, but the Japanese eatery also offers a varied menu that includes soups and salads; Teriyaki dishes; Tempura dinners; Hibachi chicken, salmon, shrimp, steak, tuna, scallops and more. For additional details, visit okamihibachisushi.com.
Protein House serves breakfast sandwiches, protein pancakes, burgers, wraps, protein shakes and more. The mission is to create quality recipes that promote both physical and mental wellness. Visit protein-house.com.
In terms of recreation, the big attraction within the development is the Apex Entertainment Center, billed as New England’s largest family entertainment center. The two-story building includes an arcade, laser tag, bumper cars, a trampoline park, ten-pin bowling, candlepin bowling, laser tag, a kart track, golf and sports simulators, a rope course, a restaurant and a function room.
The Pit Stop offers typical pub fare including pizza, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, appetizers, and desserts. The eatery is located at the upper level of the Entertainment Center near the kart racing registration area and bowling lanes.
Breakout is, as the name suggests, a literal breakout challenge in which participants have one hour to escape an adventure of their choice by cracking codes, solving puzzles and following clues. Visit breakoutgames.com for details.
Altitude Trampoline Park features more than 20,000 square feet of indoor trampolines and other amenities and over 30,000 square feet of total space. Activities include extreme dodge ball, battle beam log roll, trampoline basketball, rock wall climbing a trapeze swing, and more. The facility is especially popular for birthday parties and group events. For more details visit altitudemarlboro.com.
Another unique Apex venue, now open, is Goldfish Swim School. At Goldfish, infants and children through twelve years of age learn to swim with a staff that is dedicated to top-quality swim instruction. According to owner John Schwab, “Our state-of-the-art facility and swim programs allow us to teach children the necessary swim and safety skills year round.” Visit goldfishswimschool.com.
TITLE Boxing Club is a fitness facility oriented around boxing, minus the combat. The club combines no-hit boxing and kickboxing techniques with cardio and toning exercises. Members have unlimited access to the club and all of its “Power Hour” classes during normal working hours and may purchase additional personal training packages. Visit titleboxingclub.com/marlborough-ma.
BB Kidz is an indoor playground and party facility catering to children three months old to age thirteen. During the week the facility offers a place for stay-at-home parents to get out with their children and enjoy their day.
Also during the week, BB Kidz maintains an open schedule for kids to come out and exercise after school and for school/group field trips. For more information, visit bb-kidz.com.
Half Axe is an axe throwing facility. Think of darts, only on steroids. It is a competitive sport in which competitors throw a 1.5 pound hatchet at a circular bulls-eye target fifteen feet away and score points based on placement. Leagues and tournaments are offered. Visit halfaxe.com.
MindTrek offers virtual reality recreation in either 2,000 or 4,000 feet of space depending on the game, though the “virtual space” is much larger. Visit mindtrekvr.com.
Muse Paintbar combines a restaurant and bar with painting instruction sessions. Participants are guided step-by-step while painting a masterpiece that can be taken home. Food beer and wine are served. Private parties are available. Visit musepaintbar.com.
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