Rotterdam

New entertainment venue to cut ribbon at Via Port Rotterdam

Liam Thompson, right, and Dezi Cooper, both 4 of Glenville, play an arcade game during the soft opening of The Local FFF at Via Port Rotterdam, the former location of VIA Entertainment in Rotterdam on Feb. 9, 2022.
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Liam Thompson, right, and Dezi Cooper, both 4 of Glenville, play an arcade game during the soft opening of The Local FFF at Via Port Rotterdam, the former location of VIA Entertainment in Rotterdam on Feb. 9, 2022.

ROTTERDAM — The new entertainment venue at Via Port Rotterdam will cut the ribbon Thursday, after a two-week soft opening that the operator described as a big success.

The Local FFF is designed for (and named for) a young-adult crowd of friends having food and fun. It offers food, drinks and activities including bowling, billiards and ax-throwing.

It operates in the space formerly occupied by Via Entertainment.

The Local FFF targets the 25 to 35 age demographic but is still family-friendly for younger guests, marketing manager Angela Ferguson-Martins said, even with some things (such as flying axes) off-limits for children.

It is the first location for The Local FFF concept created by parent company O-Town Amusements, she said. Florida-based O-Town has three District Eat and Play locations in Florida and Kansas, she said. The concept and the size are similar, but District Eat and Play is geared more toward elementary- and middle school-age children.

The Rotterdam venue has proved popular with pool players and hosts league action most weekdays, Ferguson-Martins said.

Features that guests might not have seen before include Futpool, a vastly upsized pool table on which players use their feet rather than a pool cue to move the cue ball, and Giant Pong, a similarly upsized version of the classic beer-drinking game.

These social games are positioned close to the bar.

Other attractions at the over-30,000 square feet of The Local FFF include bowling, karaoke and an arcade.

The venue will cut the ribbon at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Capital Region Chamber. A weekend of special events will follow, starting with free bingo at 4 p.m.

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