Barcade is opening its tenth location in part of the space formerly occupied by Century 12 in Tribeca. Their social media also says that more locations are coming soon.
The 12,000-square-foot space is slated to offer multiple dozens of seats, as well as a private room downstairs, remaining open until midnight from Monday through Thursday, 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. on Sunday. It seems as though third times a charm was the secret to success with securing a Tribeca location, as the team first tried to take over two other spaces including the nearby space on Park Place formerly occupied by the Amish Market and a space on West Broadway, according to Tribeca Citizen.
The concept first debuted in a former metal shop on Union Avenue in Williamsburg in 2004. It now boasts seven other outposts in the East Village and Chelsea, as well as commuter cities like Jersey City and New Haven, and other major metropolitan areas including Philadelphia, Detroit, and Los Angeles. The ninth location is opening soon in Philadelphia.
The four founders – Paul Kermizian, Pete Langway, and brothers Scott and Kevin Beard – came up with the concept together while embarking on a road trip together to make a documentary about the American craft beer industry. While on the road, the group relished nights where they drank craft beer and played video games from the 80s.
“Those beer and game filled nights inspired the group to open a neighborhood bar focused on American craft beer and classic video games,” the team writes on their website. “They quit their day jobs, maxed out their credit cards, and began work on Barcade.”
The bar boasts between 40-75 video games, from Pac-Man to Asteroids, and vintage pinball machines from the 80s, as well as a full bar with 25-30 domestic craft beers on draft, cocktails, and creative twists on classic pub food. The group claims to be the originator and largest operator of arcade bars.