In a new entertainment venue in Manhattan, people can play games, have a bite to eat, and eat beer from a self-pour station.

“This was the vision of how can we bring something to Manhattan that will attract all ages and provide a place where everyone can come together, just have a great time?” said company founder and former K-State soccer player Denzel Goolsby.

Goolsby’s has a simulator that offers golf and other sports, as well as duckpin bowling, a variation on the sport with smaller bowling balls.

You can load money onto a card to buy craft and light beers, selters, and wines from the self-service wall. People can also reserve the space for birthday parties, business parties, and other events.

Goolsby, a K-State defender from 2016 to 2019 and the soccer team captain, was partner of Bluemont Hotel co-owner Andrew Suber when the store opened. They met during Goolsby’s 2015 academic year when Goolsby was playing a red shirt on the soccer team. Suber and Goolsby began actively working on the project and delving into concepts in August 2019.

“This is a very small way that I try to give back to the community by providing fun ways to come together. So bring something unique that many people have never seen before,” said Goolsby.

Hailing from Wichita, Goolsby holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in business administration with a major in marketing from K-State.

“I’ve met some of the most incredible people in Manhattan, and I think it’s always a good time for everyone when I can give these people a good reason to come together and bring great people together,” he said.

Goolsby said he was optimistic that people would want to reconnect.

“I really think what COVID taught me … is a great need to connect with people,” said Goolsby.