(Thanks to Stingray Travel for the tip)
On this story, let me start with some clarification since due to the companies involved, sometimes there is confusion. First, the company which recently changed their name to Bandai Namco Amusement America produces arcade games like Pac-Man Battle Royale and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX that we discuss on AH often. Then there is Namco Entertainment Inc., which has been known as Namco Cybertainment before, which operates locations and fills them with product. They aren’t the same company, just affiliated with one another.
With that out of the way, the latter company Namco Entertainment, has announced that they are opening a new gaming-themed restaurant at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL. Due to open in time for the 2014 Christmas shopping season, it will bring a mixture of food, bowling and video arcade entertainment under one 40,000 sq. ft. roof. The space was formerly a Sears warehouse that is being converted to more of a retail space where 8 bowling lanes and an unspecified number of video games will find a home. The theme of the venue will focus on Pac-Man while the food will be “high-level fine dining”. There aren’t any better specifics yet but I’m sure we will hear more by the end of the year.
I’m not sure how many high-end gaming facilities this brings to IL, I know Dave & Busters is there, Round 1 USA will be there soon among others. It doesn’t seem like IL is a very easy place to claim that there are no arcades near you, that’s for sure!
[Source: Daily Herald]