Walking into Stars and Strikes in Smyrna is like walking into an explosion of sound and light coming from a forest of arcade games the likes of which will entice kids of all ages. Or maybe your family wants to do something together, like play an escape game. This place has it all, for every age group.
A quick turn to the left from the entrance will take those wishing for food and drink to the bar and restaurant. It has a rustic wood accent wall covered with televisions set to the latest sporting events. Fans can have food, a drink, and watch the game while the kids are having fun in the arcade.
The menu is extensive, with choices from appetizers to pasta, salads to burgers, wings to dessert. Some of the tasty items include the Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, and Cookie Monster’s Ice Cream Sunday. Plus, there’s a separate kid’s menu with perfect portions for the younger set.
Once everyone has had all they care to eat, there is laser tag, bowling, bumper cars, and the hottest thing right now, virtual reality to keep them busy for the rest of the evening. They also offer a variety of specials, including 99 cent bowling on Wednesday nights.
Corporate events need not be boring, Stars and Strikes offers an upscale corporate event room seating more than 150 people.
The Main Street Lounge features VIP bowling lanes in an upscale setting that is ideal for corporate and group events of all sizes.
Stars and Strikes has filled a real need in the community. The city of Smyrna commissioned a study a few years ago concerning land usage. This study looked into better management of the corridor along Lowry Street, from the “Nissan Bridge” at one end to the bridge at Sam Ridley by the Smyrna Airport.
“We wanted to see how the land was being used,” said Brian Hercules, Smyrna City Manager. “It was an economic study telling us what we need and what we have too much of. Two of the main needs that came out in the study were the needs for more arts and more family entertainment.”
Hercules notes that one of the great things that happened to help address the need for more family entertainment was the opening of Stars and Strikes.
“My wife and I go there for dinner about once a week,” added Hercules, “They have great food.”
The family entertainment venue offers birthday party facilities, team building activities for corporate groups, and a dining facility for special events like lock-ins after prom.
Coming to Tennessee from Atlanta, GA, the concept was birthed by two friends, Jack Canouse and Chris Albano in 2005. Their idea was to create a safe place where people of various ages could all come together and have a good time. There are now 12 locations, but this is the only one in Tennessee.
Stars and Strikes
333 North Lowry Street
Smyrna, TN 37167
Cost: $2 to $12
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. until Midnight
Friday 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. until Midnight
Type of Food: Bar Food, Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches, Pizza, Pasta