Justin Fox Burks
How long has it been since you quaffed a cold frosty brew while standing at a Pac-Man machine? Unless you’ve got one in your basement, the answer is probably a very long time. That changes today (April 1st, no foolin’) with the official opening of the Rec Room at 3000 Broad Avenue.
The brainchild of a group of Memphis investors, including Taylor Berger, Bill Ganus, Barry and Blake Lichterman, Andy Cates, and Michael Tauer, the Rec Room will offer local and national craft beers, a food truck, and games — lots of games — in a family friendly environment. You can take on (to name but a few) Pac-Man, Street Fighter II, Donkey Kong, Tron, BurgerTime, Road Blasters, and others.
Groups can also rent one of six mini-living rooms — complete with couches and chairs — by the hour to play games on gaming consoles. The games, broadcast on everything from Atari 2600 to Xbox One and Playstation 4, will be projected onto a wall, so everyone can see how good you are. Or how bad.
And for those of you seeking a little more, shall we say, active recreation, there are also ping-pong tables. Let the games begin.
To see a slideshow of photos from the Rec Room’s soft opening on Monday, check it out here on our sister publication’s website at memphisflyer.com.