A new entertainment venue in O’Fallon gets its name from its address, 18 North Central, but that doesn’t begin to describe all that it has to offer.
In addition to state-of-the-art laser combat, 18 North Central offers Cyber Sport, a game where the players drive cars while attempting to pass a ball and score. The venue also offers a snack bar and meeting rooms. Upstairs, banquet facilities can seat up to 250 people, and catering is available from an experienced, trained chef.
18 North Central is owned by Mike and Karen Moss, who run the business along with their sons Micah and Daniel. The Mosses are no strangers to entertainment and event planning, having spent years hosting special events at their farm in Hermann.
The venue has three meeting rooms available for rent, with the smallest holding 30-40 people, and the largest up to 70. That largest meeting space overlooks the Cyber Sport room.
Cyber Sport combines hockey, lacrosse and basketball, with something like joy-stick guided bumper cars thrown in for good measure – although bumping is not allowed. The sport is played in half-hour sessions of three games. “Cyber Sport is a high-energy event,” Karen Moss said. The game can also be set up for black-light play with special fluorescent balls.
The iCombat Laser Tag facility is in an adjacent two-story area of the building. The battleground looks like an Italian marketplace plaza on one end and a military base on the other. When gaming starts, the atmosphere is further charged by music, colored lights, spotlights, and a fog machine. The weapons look and sound very realistic, including the recoil. As the business’ brochure says, “This isn’t your little brother’s laser tag.”
The iCombat games require an eight-person minimum, but up to 20 can play during a 60-minute session. Players for both iCombat and Cyber Sport must be at least 14 years old.
The play areas and meeting rooms are served by Geno’s Gourmet Grub, which serves up wings and nachos, salads, burgers and hotdogs, wraps, and sandwiches.
Upstairs, the Loft Banquet Center offers a 4,000 square foot area for receptions, meetings, and other events. The space has built-in mood lighting and a bar.
Executive Chef Michael DeRienzo, who will be running the snack bar and catering service for The Loft, is a formally trained chef who worked at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton and spent three years in Sicily studying pastry and baking.
18 North Central is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Follow the 18 North Central Facebook page for more information.