Big Top Dave: Will a Circus Theme Become the Next Greatest Real Estate Venture on Earth?
New 25,000-SF Entertainment/Eatery Concept Debuting in 2014
By Mark Heschmeyer
February 6, 2013
"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, Dave Corriveau, co-founder of Dave & Buster’s Inc., proudly brings you the next great restaurant / entertainment venue: BozoWorld.”
That may be how ringmaster Corriveau pitches his latest restaurant/entertainment concept to investors. Called the BozoWorld of Entertainment, Corriveau and his partners have dreamed up an innovative 25,000-square-foot restaurant / entertainment complex, the first of which he plans to open on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2013 in Dallas.
The new themed restaurant will operate under the name Bozo’s Big Top in an octagon-shaped building with the appearance of big top tent. With descriptive slogans that includes ‘Funnest Place on Earth!’ Corriveau hopes to follow a successful opening with an aggressive expansion planto open multi-unit, full service restaurants in major U.S. markets and internationally.
“I’m more than excited about the opportunity to spearhead the creation of what I consider ‘something special’ as well as applying the wide spectrum of knowledge harvested during my 30-years of experience within the restaurant / entertainment industry,” said Corriveau, then adding, “not to mention how much fun and what a helluva ride we’ll have doing it!”
BozoWorld LLC, which owns the exclusive global identity rights to the “Bozo the Clown” brand for restaurant / entertainment concepts, was recently formed by two successful ed-tech entrepreneurs. Armie Carabet, chairman and CEO of online education firm ClickN Kids Inc., and James Highfill, COO of ClickN Kids, brought on Corriveau as co-founder and CEO of BozoWorld to help launch and develop the Big Top concept of food, entertainment and attractions.
Carabet and Highfill cited Corriveau's ‘can-do attitude’ as well as his industry expertise and demonstrated management talent for bringing him into the venture.