America's Incredible Pizza Co. recently invested $1.5 million to renovate the former Hammer's Food and Fun, 5254 S. Lindberg Blvd. The Crestwood-Sunset Hills, Affton, and South County Chambers of Commerce welcomed the rejuvenated pizza place and family entertainment center to Lindbergh Boulevard this week. It officially opens to the public on Dec. 20.
Some customers may remember the space was once called America's Incredible Pizza Co. The previous franchise owner broke away from AIC and opened as Hammer’s Food and Fun earlier this year, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The 60,000 complex behind Ronnie's Plaza is vibrant with 1950s and Route 66 themes. The buffet includes pizza, pasta, other finger foods, soups, and desserts. In addition to several arcade games, challenge family members to a go-kart race, laser tag, bowling, bumper cars, or air hockey. (One Yelp reviewer called it "Salt for kids.")
Roughly 3,000 residents showed up for a VIP Night on Tuesday, and another 5,000 were expected at a second pre-opening event Wednesday evening, Group Sales Director Nikki Tunnell said.
Founder Rick Barsness and his wife, Cheryl, came to celebrate the Dec. 19 ribbon cutting with store management. Sixth District County Councilman Steve Stenger (D-South County) was also on hand.
America's Incredible Pizza is open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The game room stays open an additional hour.
View more photos from Wednesday's ribbon cutting on Sunset Hills-Crestwood Patch's Facebook page!