Biz Beat

From steel beams to laser beams, big Monte Vista Crossing projects shaping up soon

Heavy machinery soon will make way for new jobs and big developments at Turlock’s Monte Vista Crossing shopping center.

Some slated restaurants are getting close to opening and the long-gestating Ten Pin Fun Center has seen major construction projects swing into full gear. Already in August the Habit Burger on the corner of Countryside Drive and Tuolumne Road opened, the first of a handful of new businesses coming to the bustling shopping center.

Next up will be the restaurants Dos Coyotes and PizzaRev, which will share a space off Hotel Drive just north of Monte Vista Avenue. The exterior building has nearly completed construction, with work now shifting to its interior and outside landscaping. Both restaurants will have separate spaces within the structure, with a shared patio outside.

Sacramento-based Dos Coyotes specializes in Southwest and Mexican food. The chain is currently advertising for assistant manager, cashier, dishwasher/busser and cook positions. To apply for the open positions visit

PizzaRev, a fast-casual pizza chain that allows patrons to customize their crust, sauce and toppings, will open its first Northern San Joaquin Valley location in the same building. A banner hanging along the construction fencing says PizzaRev is also hiring, but no specific positions for Turlock appear on its website currently. Check for updates on its job openings.

Both are expected to open within about a month. The twofer restaurant building seems like the ideal stop for the family who can’t decide what to eat on a night out. Half of you want Mexican, the other half wants pizza — boom, problem solved.

Another big project that is moving right along is the long-time-coming Ten Pin Fun Center. The footings and foundation have been poured and steel beams have started to go up on the 62,00 square-foot development. Once completed it will include a 34-lane bowling alley, two-story Call of Duty-like laser tag arena, arcade, billiards, outdoor beer garden, seven banquet rooms, sports bar and restaurant. The dining area also will have a 24-foot video wall.

I take it back, this seems like the perfect place to go when your family can’t decide what to do on a night out.

Developer Rod Scott said he hopes the project will be open by April of next year. He has begun hiring for some key positions including IT jobs, bar manager and other leadership roles. Scott has been involved with Ten Pin Fun Center since its inception in around 2010. The original project was slated to go up across from California State University, Stanislaus, in a plot that has since become the four-story student housing development The Vista.

But Scott said the current location, on Countryside Drive across from Lowe’s and new Hobby Lobby, is even better. It will be visible from Highway 99 and no doubt bring in traffic from the surrounding area. He expects most of the exterior building construction to be done the next few weeks. You can track the project’s progress at its Facebook page at