Pac-Man Entertainment

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Pac-Man Entertainment
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Restaurant information
Established2015 (2015)
Owner(s)Namco Entertainment
Head chefAaron Whitcomb[1]
Food typeContemporary American
Street address2 Woodfield Mall
CitySchaumburg (village)
StateIllinois
Postal/ZIP Code60173
CountryUnited States
Seating capacity1,000[2]
ReservationsOpenTable
Websitewww.pacmanentertainment.com/

Pac-Man Entertainment, formerly known as Level 257, is a contemporary American restaurant located at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois.[2] The restaurant and entertainment destination is inspired by Pac-Man and the name refers to the famous kill screen, which occurs when the player reaches the 256th level of the original Pac-Man game, meaning "the next level of dining and entertainment".[3][4] The restaurant celebrated its soft opening on March 2, 2015, and its grand opening in April 2015.[5]

Style[edit]

The restaurant is owned and run by NAMCO USA INC.[6] It sits on 42,000 square feet which was previously used as a warehouse for a Sears department store.[7] In addition, the restaurant also features sixteen boutique bowling lanes, table tennis and social sports, as well as video and board games in the Lost & Found Game Lounge.[8] The interior decor is up-scale modern urban-chic in style and includes levels of references to the video game character Pac-Man.[4] The menu also features references to well-known video game terms of the 1980s, such as "1-UP", chocolate "power pellets", and "Game Over".[9]

History[edit]

The restaurant was first conceived as a prototype in 2013, when Namco announced that the restaurant (codenamed Level 256 at the time) was being developed in partnership with a restaurateur in Kansas City, saying that were eyeing the Chicago area for possible locations.[10] The restaurant celebrated its soft opening on March 2, 2015.[4]

Events[edit]

The restaurant celebrated the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man on Friday, May 22, 2015. They featured a live performance of "PAC-MAN Fever" by Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The makers of Pac-Man bank on nostalgia to fuel themed eatery". December 16, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Pac-Man-inspired restaurant opens at Woodfield". Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "Pac-Man Restaurant Now Open, Looks Amazing". Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Pac-Man the star of new eatery, entertainment complex in Woodfield Mall". Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "Quality Time with Level 257". March 1, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Pac-Man-themed eatery opening soon at Woodfield". December 30, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Official Pac-Man Restaurant Coming To Chicago Next Month". December 19, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "Pac-Man-themed restaurant coming to Sears' Woodfield space". January 20, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "Opening Alert: Look Inside Pac-Man Creators' Cavernous Restaurant and Entertainment Complex". Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "Namco planning prototype upscale entertainment restaurant to expand arcade business". January 3, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  11. ^ "Celebrate the 35th PAC-MAN™ Birthday Bash". May 22, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015.

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Coordinates: 42°02′44.6″N 88°2′5.6″W / 42.045722°N 88.034889°W / 42.045722; -88.034889