“Sometimes they drive by and think we are closed. Or they can’t see what we have inside. I have been coaching my employees to get out to the parking lot when they see someone to tell them we are open.”
Although business isn’t where he wants it yet, Layton said the feedback has been great.
“What is really encouraging to me is the people who have come in have loved it, so I think it is going to go viral,” he said. “They say they can’t believe how big it is. And we’re not just for kids. Adults have loved it too. I had one person tell me it was like a Dave and Busters on steroids.
“It is a great place for a birthday party too,” he added.
For the busy fall season, Layton said he is planning a renaissance fair, a car show and an Octoberfest. He said he is reaching out to the local wineries and breweries for partnerships.
In the winter, he said he would like to stay open on weekends and school holidays.
“I want to, but it will depend on expenses,” he said.
Long term, he said he wants to build his own site.
“I have been looking for a site in Oneonta where I could build for years,” he said. “Ideally, I would run that and a Cooperstown location.”