Underground Columbus: Inside the Bizarre World of Semi-Illegal Japanese Arcades, Drugs, Pinball Money Laundering, and Death Metal Spice Girls Karaoke

Story and photos by Daniel Lee Perea “Hey come back here. I wanna show you something. Do you smoke up, man?” I was following a strange and eccentric man I’d only just met into a dark alley behind a dumpster in a bad section of town. It led to an empty warehouse. Ordinary people think twice about this sort of thing, but I tend to … Continue reading Underground Columbus: Inside the Bizarre World of Semi-Illegal Japanese Arcades, Drugs, Pinball Money Laundering, and Death Metal Spice Girls Karaoke

7 Tips for Suggestive Selling

Upselling, also known as suggestive selling, is an easy way to increase sales at your establishment. By developing a non-threatening approach and training your staff to take advantage of every upselling opportunity, you can see a substantial uptick in check averages almost immediately. Here are seven upselling strategies to consider: 1. Instill the skills. It all starts with server training. The upsell should feel natural … Continue reading 7 Tips for Suggestive Selling

Arcade Bars Attracting Mainstream Media

Although the industry has typically been covered regionally (usually when a new arcade bar opens, and a local media outlet covers the story), more mainstream national outlets are starting to take notice. The Hollywood Reporter put out a feature titled, How Arcade Bars Are Reviving a Decades-Old Subculture, noting: Thirty-five years after the sun set on the “Golden Age” of arcades, taverns touting cabinet gaming rigs … Continue reading Arcade Bars Attracting Mainstream Media

Sell More Beer!!

Beer, like pizza, remains a perennial American favorite—and it just so happens that the two go hand in hand. Even better, beer—particularly craft and draft brews—can be highly profitable all while satisfying today’s customer demand for variety and local options. Are you maximizing these profits? Experts share seven can’t-miss ideas for making your beer program an even bigger success. 1: Think and act local.  Local breweries offer … Continue reading Sell More Beer!!

Arcade Bar Scene Headed to Nighclub & Bar Show

By Paulina Afentakis ABS will be in Las Vegas for the 2017 Nighclub & Bar Show. We’ll be scouring the show for new trends, new products, new technology and meeting with movers, shakers and dealmakers that make the bar industry tick. We will also be covering the event in conjunction with our media partner, PMQ Pizza Magazine. Be sure to visit them at Booth 163. … Continue reading Arcade Bar Scene Headed to Nighclub & Bar Show

Is It An Arcade Or Hotel? Yes.

We’ve all experienced arcade bars….but what about an arcade hotel? Can’t get enough gaming even when you retire for the evening? Amsterdam’s The Arcade is set to re-open its doors in May, after an extensive remodel one year into its lifespan. According to http://www.traveldailynews.com: In May, the Amsterdam gaming paradise will reopen with 43 rooms in a modern design and new offers for travelling gamers. … Continue reading Is It An Arcade Or Hotel? Yes.

Namco Founder Masaya Nakamura Dies at 91

Called “The Father of Pac-Man,” Masaya Nakamura was a pioneering figure in the world of video games. As the founder of Namco, the world has Nakamura to thank for bringing us Galaxian, Galaga, Pole Position, Xevious, and Dig Dug. As much as anyone else during the Golden Age of video games, Nakamura laid groundwork for the artform and technology to be what it is today. And … Continue reading Namco Founder Masaya Nakamura Dies at 91

10 Greatest Car-Themed Pinball Machines Ever

The Newswheel has put together a list of the ten greatest car-themed pinball machines of all time. For more info, check out the complete article by Tim Shults.  Here’s what’s on their list: Mustang (2014): The newest entry on the list, specially created by Stern Pinball for the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, this console pays homage to the legacy of the pony car. It … Continue reading 10 Greatest Car-Themed Pinball Machines Ever