Beercade — a blend of video arcade and craft beer bar in Benson — is moving next door, in part to make way for Benson's first dedicated craft cocktail lounge.
The bar, which opened at 6102 Maple St. last April, will move to 6104 Maple St., which was formerly occupied by a law office (but perhaps is better known for the vacuum cleaner robot sculptures in the front windows), said Beercade co-owner John Larkin.
The new, larger space will allow for more seating and more games. Larkin said he expected the new Beercade to house around 40 video games and 10 pinball machines, up from 15 arcade games and five pinball machines at the current location. He said he expected to add a few new beer taps, too.
Larkin and his business partner, Alex Roskelley, closed on the space Tuesday morning and wasted no time getting to work.
"We got the keys, and we went in and started ripping stuff up," Larkin said.
Once Beercade moves, Larkin and Roskelley are planning to open a craft cocktail lounge in the space currently occupied by Beercade. The yet-to-be-named lounge will feature cocktails along the lines of those served at the Boiler Room, Larkin said. Customers will be seated as if they were at a restaurant, and occupancy will be limited to the number of seats.
The idea is to keep the number of customers manageable so bartenders can make each drink with care, emphasizing quality over quantity, Larkin said.
Larkin said he anticipated it would be at least six months before Beercade was ready to move. He and Roskelley will tackle slight renovations to the current Beercade space after that.
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