Barcade in Brooklyn
|Industry||Bar, restaurant, and classic arcade games|
|Founded||2004 in Brooklyn, NY|
Barcade is a chain of arcade bars with locations in the northeastern United States, Los Angeles, and Detroit. First opened in Brooklyn in 2004, the venues feature a mix of classic video games and pinball and serve American craft beers.
The first Barcade opened in 2004 in a former metal shop at 388 Union Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, and features a combination of vintage arcade games and American craft beers. The company is owned and operated by four long-time friends: brothers Kevin Beard and Scott Beard, Pete Langway and Paul Kermizian (director of American Beer).
The combination of classic video games and craft beer proved successful, and the brand expanded into Jersey City, New Jersey, and the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Barcade later opened two locations in Manhattan, including a location in St. Mark's Place. Over the next two years, locations opened in New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey. In the summer of 2017 plans were announced for two new locations that would expand the company to Detroit, Michigan and Los Angeles, California.The Los Angeles location opened in May 2019.
Barcade registered its name as a federal trademark in 2007, and has successfully defended it in court, while also becoming well known for aggressively pursuing any infringements on the mark.