The popularity and prevalence of arcade bars continues to rise, but depending on where you live you might still have to drive a bit if you want to pair your pilsner with a game of Pac-Man. This summer, retro game fans in North Dallas will hopefully have a new option: Regeneration Arcade Bar & Pizzeria.
The arcade, which will be located at Dallas Parkway and Trinity Mills, is expected to have about 75 arcade machines when it opens later this year, according to owner Travis Hintzel. Those games will range from early classics like Galaga and Donkey Kong to more "modern" (but still throwback) games like NBA Jam, The Simpsons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Hintzel hopes to open in June.
Regeneration will require a $10 cover charge to get your game on, but machines will be set to free play once you're inside. Hintzel is also planning a full bar with specialty drinks beyond just beer.
Regeneration isn't just a bar with games, though. It will also serve as a 2,500-square-foot pizza restaurant. "I can't think of a person who doesn't love pizza," Hintzel says. It helps, too, that the space he's taking over used to be a pizza restaurant, and he has prior pizzeria experience.
Of course, anybody who grew up in the '90s going to CiCi's or Chuck E. Cheese's to play arcade games will feel right at home with the combination, which isn't lost on Hintzel.
"It just kind of feels right to me. Those two things naturally go together," he says.