Two Bit’s Retro Arcade on Pandemic Pause, Promises Return

Posted on: December 30th, 2020 at 5:16 am by

Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade is now on pause until further notice. It was an eight-year run for the game room, which officially announced as much just before Christmas.

Readers spotted trucks carting away the arcade cabinets from 153 Essex last week. The bar hadn’t been open since the onset of the pandemic last spring. Yet, signs on the window promise that they “will certainly be open once again,” and will be undergoing renovations.

So, if this communique is to be believed, it seems the game removal was more about protecting the equipment.

The Barcade lookalike first opened in December 2012, and was an immediate hit. Vintage arcade games, mixed with modern classics and pinball together attracted the casual gamers and leagues. It oozed nostalgia while serving up brew and snacks.

Two years later, though, it lost two lives, so to speak, when it twice closed for “renovation” work. The Department of Health came a-knockin’ in November 2017 due to a snafu with the permit renewal. Yet, Two Bit’s ultimately returned.

We’ll see if they have any continues left…

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