Coming soon: Up-Down arcade bar

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Two outdoor patios and a rooftop deck are part of the proposal for Up-Down arcade bar at 3012 Lyndale Ave. S., formerly home to Eye of Horus.

Pending city approval, plans call for a June opening with a full liquor license.


According to spokesman David Hayden, co-owner Josh Ivey once worked as a game technician, repairing games at ShowBiz Pizza. He bought classic arcade games for his personal use, and found kindred spirits in two fellow entrepreneurs who have since opened Up-Down in a spot below Wooly’s concert venue in Des Moines as well as Kansas City.

Up-Down locations feature 25-cent games like Mario Kart, X-Men for six players, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac Man and Simpsons. More than 50 games are planned for Minneapolis, along with skeeball and pinball, with 60 craft beers on tap. Television screens will show 80s- and 90s-era programming like American Gladiators and old-school pro wrestling.

UpDown-0027In Kansas City, the venue recently celebrated its first birthday with an 80s music video party and $3 pizza slices.

“It’s more nostalgia-driven, rather than just games,” Hayden said. “We have a great selection of craft beer.”

A public hearing on the plans is slated for tonight, May 5, at 6 p.m. at the Bryant Square Recreation Center, 3101 Bryant Ave. S.