At each of Fat Cats' five locations, strikes and spares light up the screens of automatic scoring systems. Bowling balls roll and skip down lanes in normal conditions, against retractable bumpers, or under the fluorescent glow of Thunder Alley, when the facility transforms into a music-filled fusion of a bowling alley and dance club. Each lane's crashing pins echo the softer clacking of putters at the glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course and the ringing lightshow of the arcade. Elsewhere, the scents of pizza and deep-fried bowling balls waft through the fun haven. Each Fat Cats location partners with different restaurants, including The Pizza Factory at its Salt Lake facility and Champzz Bar at the Westminster location.
Wiseguys Comedy fills Salt Lake City’s state-mandated laugh quota with its rotating schedule of local and national joke handlers. Upcoming appearances include rising comic Spencer King performing an atypical set of irreverent musings at Ogden on February 25 and 26. Equally all-ages-appropriate joke spinner Steve Soelberg, "not Kevin Bacon," steps up to the mic at Trolley Square on March 3, making audiences guffaw as hard as dentists’ trifecta of nitrous oxide, gum-tickling mouth feathers, and insistence on doing old Steve Martin routines during a fluoride treatment. Wiseguys recommends checking the comics out on YouTube to get a flavor for their acts before catching a show.
Slathered in frosting-inspired colors, Vintage Cupcake Co. boasts a cheery atmosphere, enthusiastic staff, and luscious pint-sized rewards in the form of tasty cupcake creations. Each day, Vintage Cupcakes rotates its roster of flavors to pair creative specialty concoctions with a daily dose of surprise. Each cupcake ($2.50 for a regular) is a miniature vision of pastry architecture, injecting delicious dessert elements into morsels of handheld sucrose delight. Squish frosting and fluffy cake together by biting into the BTA’s milk-and butterscotch-soaked chocolate cake topped with whipped cream and toffee, or savor simpler sweets with a classic vanilla or chocolate cupcake. Vintage Cupcake Co. also sells half-dozen boxes ($14) for cake-enamored sextuplets or duets of trios.
Hunt Mysteries offers lighthearted and interactive faux-murder entertainment that lets dinner guests put on their sleuthing sombreros to help solve the whodunit. Boccia’s and Spaghetti Mama’s provide the locations for a bevy of different shows, including the mafia family thriller The Altos: Lower Than Sopranos, Hunt Mysteries' original comedy murder mystery An Oscar-Winning Confession, and more. There will be special food, beverage, and dessert options for in-show consumption, but they are not included in the ticket price. Most shows begin at 7 p.m., when the Clue-esque actors arrive and mingle in character with guests for half an hour, perform the opening scene, and then enjoy mingling and dining with patrons while subtly injecting mysterious hints into their dialogue, dances, and hilarious comic antics. After each show’s featured murder, guests get 20 minutes to quiz the actors and solve the puzzle.
Within a pristine, flower-filled environment, native Indians and master chefs cook up a traditional masala-filled bill of savories, seasoned with imported spices from the subcontinent's north and south. Introduce teeth to the time-honored chicken tikka masala, a Sitara specialty of boneless tandoori chicken submerged in a creamy cashew-and-tomato gravy ($7.50). The restaurant's bevy of biryanis, including vegetable ($8.99) and lamb ($10.99) varieties, are cooked in basmati rice, sprinkled with spices, and accompanied by yogurt raita.