Sneak Preview: Dave & Buster’s

IMG_1335A much-anticipated venue for fun, food and games will soon open its doors in Kentwood.

Dave & Buster’s, a combination sports bar, arcade and restaurant located at 3660 28th St SE is preparing to welcome its first customers on May 18 at 11 a.m.

The 30,000 square-foot location houses nearly 150 arcade, interactive and skill games like X-Games SnoCross, Pac-Man Smash, Dark Escape 4D, Terminator Salvation, SkeeBall and more. Many of the skill and carnival-inspired games award tickets that can be turned in to win prizes ranging from stuffed animals and D&B swag to clothing, Xboxes, iPads and Beats by Dre headphones.

Gamers can load their D&B Power Cards with 60 tokens or credits for about $12, and games can range anywhere from 1.5 credits to 3 or more to play. On Wednesdays, games will be half off throughout the day.

In addition to the gaming area, customers can grab a cocktail at the bar or order lunch or dinner in the dining area. Dave & Buster’s menu offers classic American favorites like burgers, fish & chips, ribs and a Philly cheesesteak, along with higher-end entrees like the chimichurri New York strip steak and the salmon.

Sports fans will be able to catch the game in the adjacent 360-degree sports bar area that features walls of TVs on each side.

“With the success of the Detroit area locations and the growing dining scene in Grand Rapids, it made perfect sense to bring the very best in food, drink, entertainment and sports viewing to West Michigan,” said Randy Kerney, General Manager of the new Dave & Buster’s location.

The building was formerly the site of Barnes & Noble before sitting vacant for the past number of years. Just across the parking lot, Grand Rapids’s first Trader Joe’s is currently under construction. According to Special Events Manager Audrey Edgerton, Dave & Buster’s has already begun considering ways to deal with likely traffic and parking issues by possibly adding services like valet parking.

Organizations, families and corporations from 10-1,000 people can rent private spaces to host meetings, birthdays, team building activities or celebrations of any kind. The entire venue can even be rented for exclusive events like high school senior all-nighters.

This is the 75th location for the company headquartered in Dallas, Texas and Dave & Buster’s plans to open 7-10 more facilities over the next ten years. The hours for the Grand Rapids location will be 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Check out photos from inside the new location:




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