A new bar inspired by the gaming bars and cafes of Japan and South Korea is opening up in Lincoln city centre. Akēdo, which means “arcade” in Japanese, has found it’s new home in a building on Corporation Street that used to house B & H Models.
The bar itself, which will stock a variety of beers as well as bubble tea and locally sourced coffee, will be street level and customers will head downstairs into the building’s basement for the two games rooms. Each room will have a collection of consoles and arcade machines plus projectors for competitions. Customers will be able to play on retro consoles such as the Nintendo 64, Sega Megadrive and the PS ONE as well as Playstation 4 consoles hooked up to 4k televisions.
[The walls in the ground floor have been stripped back to reveal the gorgeous features of the old building.]
Toby Rovezzano, the local businessman behind the venture, is going to be teaming up with the Lincoln branch of Gametronics for game launch nights and big events*. He hopes to have it open by September but there’s a lot of internal building work to be done, from dampproofing to constructing the seating areas. Toby also hopes that he can recruit some local artists to make their mark on the bar.
*there’s no word yet whether the bar will be a Pokéstop 😉