Plan Calls for Jim’s Steakout to Replace Adventure Landing in Tonawanda | Local News

Adventure Landing, and Putt-Putt before it, was a mainstay in the city of Tonawanda on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

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Chicken subs and steak hoagies could soon replace miniature golf and arcade games at a location well known to children and their parents in the town of Tonawanda.

The owner of Jim’s Steakout has filed plans with the city to demolish the Adventure Landing golf course and game room, a local institution on Sheridan Drive. A restaurant with a drive-thru lane would be built. The proposal leaves open the possibility of additional commercial space on the site.

Jim's Steakout Belmont Tonawanda

Jim’s Steakout location at Belmont Avenue and Sheridan Drive in the town of Tonawanda. The company plans to build a new restaurant, with drive-thru, a short distance away on the site of the Adventure Landing entertainment complex in Sheridan.

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If city officials approve the plan, years of family fun would come to an end at the place many Northtowns still call its original name, Putt-Putt.

“It’s a landmark for the people of Tonawanda Town and, I guess, it’s a sign of the times,” said Tonawanda City Councilor John Bargnesi Jr., who as a child traveled to the cycle route.

The course opened decades ago at 2400 Sheridan Drive, between Belmont Avenue and Parker Boulevard, when the mini-golf craze swept across the country. Putt-Putt Golf & Games had 265 courses worldwide when its founder died in 1996, including sites in Tonawanda and on Union Road in Cheektowaga, a location which subsequently closed.

Hank Woodburn, CEO of Adventure Holdings, bought the Tonawanda property in 1998 and renamed it Adventure Landing. He sold it in 2011 for just over $ 1 million to a Florida-based real estate investment group, but continued to operate the entertainment hub.

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