Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dave & Buster's Coming To Wisconsin

Dave and Buster's Wauwatosa
Dave & Buster's Official Website
Dave & Buster's Wikipedia Entry
Dave & Buster's Facebook Page

2201-2215 N. Mayfair Road Wauwatosa, WI
21 and up
Guardian age 25 (6 minors to 1 adult maximum)
Sun - Thurs: 11am to 11pm
Fri - Sat: 11am to 1:30am
34,000 square feet
210 employees

D&B's opened on March 1st at 2201-2215 N. Mayfair Rd., near the Ewald dealership space and a one-acre strip between the auto dealer and the DSW buidling. The location is kitty-corner to Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, a suburb just west of Milwaukee.
This is the first Dave & Buster's in Wisconsin, and the structure was built from the ground up rather than converting an existing structure.

Dave and Buster's whirring to life Feb 17, 2010
Dave and Buster's targets March 3 opening Jan 5, 2010
Tosa overhauling development structure to lure projects July 24, 2009
Dave & Buster’s pays $5.7 million for Tosa site January 30, 2009
Council clears the way for Dave & Buster’s restaurant November 5, 2008
Committee puts brakes on Dave & Buster’s October 30, 2008
Wauwatosa wins a Dave and Buster's location July 11, 2008

I was initially a little irked by the continued pressure for reduced hours by a few Wauwatosa City Councilmen, which were moved from 2am to 1am on Sun-Thurs and 1:30am Fri & Sat, with the minimum age of entrance without supervision bumped up from 18 to 21, all in the name of accommodating "community concerns".
I realize that Mayfair and it's immediate area has it's share of security concerns, but in regards to Mayfair, isn't that mainly dealing with teens? And if I'm not mistaken, Dave & Buster's is strictly 21&up after a certain time (9pm).
"Alderman Craig Maher said he was concerned about the proposed hours of operation, which, according to conditions set by the Plan Commission, would have Dave & Buster’s closing at 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Maher motioned for the hours to conform with those at McCormick & Schmick’s (a high-end Seafood & Steaks restaurant), which closes at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Wood said the corporation would work with the city to reduce hours if necessary, but requested those hours be extended slightly.
“An 11 o’clock curfew for an adult establishment, folks, is a little on the early side,” Purins said.
The motion to add an amendment reducing the hours failed, 12-3, with Maher, Dennis McBride and Tim Hanson supporting the motion.
Because the hours of operation are set by a conditional-use permit, the council may revisit the item at any time."

After all is said & done, the hours set for the Wauwatosa D&B are in line with the nearest D&B's (the 2 in Chicagoland and 1 in suburban Mpls).
In reference;
Addison, IL (opened Nov 1995) (21&up)
Sun-Thur closes at 11pm
Fri-Sat closes at 1am
Chicago, IL (opened Jan 1996) (18&up)
Sun-Thur closes at 11pm
Fri-Sat closes at 1am
Maple Grove, MN (suburban Mpls) (opened Nov 2006) (21&up)
Sun-Thur closes at 12am
Fri-Sat closes at 1am

Be that as it may, I still think it's silly to limit hours to an adult establishment (21 & up that serves alcohol) just because it has games. It's a double standard.
They don't have reduced hours at nearby Bigg's Roadhouse, Jojo's Martini Lounge, or Mo's Irish Pub now do they?

It's just ashame that "arcades" aren't really relevant anymore.
While the Dave & Buster's and Gameworks of the world may stock a couple newer games, the vast majority are outdated, and not in a vintage "golden age" kind of way rather games from 1995-2005 that should've been permanently retired a few years after they were released.
Sure there's Time Crisis 4 and House Of The Dead 4 and Tekken 6 (which are still 3, 4 years old), but fact of the matter is that there just aren't enough new games/installments being manufactured to keep gamers coming back.
If you take away that attraction you're left with food & drinks, which you can get elsewhere for less or for a comparable price in a more appropriate environment.

I still have a hard time accepting the fact that most arcades still have Daytona USA, a game that's over 15 years old now. The draw is of course the linked cabinets that allow for head-to-head competition, but as a racing game I never thought it was very good. If this location ships that outdated hunk of junk in, that's strike one.

Now we just need a Dave & Buster's in Madison. The Chuck E Cheese on Grand Canyon Dr is a sparce wasteland for arcade games.

1 comment:

  1. The initial reports leave something to be desired. Two points to touch on.
    One being the fact that not only do they require security, but that the security carried guns (although is it possible the reporting individual could've mistaken tasers for guns?). Isn't the job of security for the most part to help patrons feel safe? Security carrying pistols definitely defeats that purpose.
    Two is the fact that many seem to be reporting that a large number of the games are "kids games" and have been reporting large groups of children.
    I thought you had to be 18 to get in, and that most locations are strictly 21 & up after 9pm?