If all goes as planned, Hesperians won't have to travel to Victorville to get to a high-octane, family-fun restaurant. Kids Planet, which will feature an arcade, restaurant with diverse menu, and sports bar, is expected to open on the south side of Main Street near Hickory by the end of 2008.


"I think she's going to have a gold mine," Mayor Pro Tem Thurston "Smitty" Smith said of owner Edith Avilez following last Wednesday's ground breaking ceremony.


"We're going to have it all," Avilez said.


Avilez's plans include a pizzeria, arcade, party rooms, sports bar and lots of tasty food.


"We're going to have an executive chef."


Besides a variety of pizzas, the restaurant will feature hot Italian sub sandwiches, natural juices and birria, a Jalisco-style meat stew made with roasted peppers, onions cilantro and lime. "And we're going to have homemade tortillas."


Kids Planet will also feature a "banana boat" ice cream station with loads of ice cream and tasty accoutrements.


The project is being designed by Tom Steeno, one of the most active commercial, business, industrial and residential designers in the Victor Valley.


"Kids Planet is going to feature progressive architecture," said Steeno, whose Steeno Design Center is located on Hesperia Road in Hesperia.


Featuring tall ceilings, the facility will include a total of 9,800 square feet with 6,600 dedicated to the restaurant.


Not only will Kids Planet provide a family-fun location for residents, the project will likely lead the way for others. Through a partnership with the city, the project will help bring a sewer line to that area of Main Street.


"This will speed up the development," Smith said. "There are about five others waiting in line between 11th Avenue and Maple Street. It will be a good thing to get it started. They're five in line. They're might be five more behind them."


For Avilez, Kids Planet is more than just a restaurant project. It's a fulfillment of a dream.


"This means a lot to me," she said while addressing guests during last week's event. "It's a dream that we've been working on for a long time."


Over the past six years, Avilez has built a successful real estate business, which opened the door to more opportunities.


"Two years ago I had the opportunity to buy this land."


Crediting Golden State Bank for funding the project and a good working relationship with the city, Kids Planet will soon become a reality.


"She's on the right path," Smith said.