Arcade bar to expand downtown

June 10, 2019

The Bonus Round Bar is coming downtown.

The arcade bar is adding a location at 127 W. 10th St., a space that used to be QT Cakes.

It will keep its original location at 803 S. Cliff Ave., which opened in 2014.

“I’ve been wanting to be downtown this whole time,” co-founder Isak Anderson said. “I’ve been holding out on (the right location).”

The new space is next to The Full Circle Book Co-op and Escape 605’s ax-throwing business, which both complement Bonus Round, he said.

“And the rectangular shape is ideal for what we do,” he said. “It has a basement for our utilities, so that can all be downstairs, which frees up more floor space. We’re going to keep it simple and do games, a bar and seating.”

The format will be similar to the original location, with a mix of pinball and arcade games. It also will host a pinball league.

“We’ve been cycling games in and out as we acquired new ones or something loses interest, so we’ve been shuffling games this whole time and finding ones that make people happy,” Anderson said.

“I’d like to maintain seven or eight pinballs and throw in a handful of arcades in each location and have the freedom to move them around. Once we’re open down there, we can start shopping around for what people are asking for.”

The menu will be the same, with beer and wine, pizza and snack foods.

There isn’t significant work to be done on the space, so once his city approvals are done Anderson said the hope is to open this summer.

“We’re happy to have him in there,” said Scott Blount of Lloyd Cos., who leased the space. “It should be a nice space when he’s done with it.”

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Arcade bar to expand downtown

The Bonus Round Bar is coming downtown.

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