Davis Square stretch dampened by development will liven up again with the Dragon’s Lair arcade
Dragon Pizza in Somerville’s Davis Square is taking over the space next door to open a game and entertainment venue called Dragon’s Lair.
The space at 233 Elm St., last the India Palace restaurant, will host pizza parties with live music as well as offer games such as shuffleboard and foosball, according to the sign hoisted Friday by pizza shop owner Charlie Redd.
As a play space, it joins the Lucky Strike in Somerville’s Assembly Square and A4cade at 292 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridgeport, but Dragon Pizza staffers weren’t able to say when Dragon’s Lair would open.
Much of Thursday and Friday was spent just scraping flyers off the plate glass windows accumulated since India Palace closed in May. The restaurant lasted only a year; the stretch of businesses has also seen the departure of the Caramel patisserie in light of plans by London-based developer Scape North America to construct a four-story building along Elm Street and Grove Street. Except for The Burren bar, all businesses there would be displaced: Kung Fu Tea, McKinnon’s Meat Market, the When Pigs Fly bakery, Sligo Pub and Martsa on Elm restaurant.
Dragon Pizza opened in 2018; Scape signed a $10 million, 99-year ground lease for the Davis Square property the next year.
But Redd said Friday that he was happy to operate his businesses there as long as he could, especially with Scape’s development moving haltingly and the property owner offering a good deal on rent.
Dragon Pizza’s corner shop and Dragon’s Lair space are listed together in the Somerville assessor database as 233 Elm St., built in 1920 and offering about 9,298 square feet of retail space and upper floor, with another 8,386 square feet of unfinished basement.