From Richmond BizSense, Bar-arcade war may be brewing in Scott’s Addition
Like Pac-Man chomping after power pellets, two separate bar-arcade ventures are hungry to get into the city’s hottest commercial district.
Two groups – one backed by a local frozen yogurt franchisee, and the other steered by several well-known Richmond restaurateurs – are planning what may amount to dueling entertainment venues in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood.
After more than a year of searching, Robert Lupica, a local businessman and one of the original franchisees of Richmond-based fro-yo chain Sweet Frog, is planning his bar-arcade concept in a 6,300-square-foot portion of 3121 W. Leigh St.
Lupica, who will own and manage the Scott’s Addition venue, has signed a lease for the space and is targeting an April opening date.
While the name for the new venture is pending, Lupica said the arcade will host over 70 vintage pinball and arcade games from the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. They include Mortal Kombat, Donkey Kong, NBA Jam, NFL Blitz and Pac-Man. Board games, shuffleboard, giant Jenga, air hockey, skee ball and large projection screens with classic video games also will be offered at the site.
Instead of a typical bar with a bartender, Lupica said his venture will use an automated “self-tabbing beer wall” with 60 craft beers, ciders and wine from local, regional and national breweries.
Meanwhile, Jason Alley and Michele Jones, co-owners of Comfort and Pasture restaurants, along with Saison owner Jay Bayer, are partnering yet again and finalizing plans to bring an arcade-brewery-restaurant combo concept to Scott’s Addition.
“It’s going to be a good mix of video games and pinball machines,” Bayer said.
With Scott’s Addition’s many breweries, cideries and burgeoning food scene, Bayer said it was a matter of time before the bar-arcade concept slipped in. “Part of what we have been excited by is the opportunity to be the living room for a neighborhood with such high density,” Bayer said. “Scott’s Addition seems ready for something like this.” Read the rest of the story, here.