Union Street in New Bedford to Level Up with New Retro Arcade
One of Downtown New Bedford’s most popular nightspots is changing hands, as it's game over for Slainte but the location is getting an extra life when it will soon become a retro arcade serving food and drink.
Many of us know the bright red trim on 34 Union Street as the old Catwalk, currently Slainte, but the building is about to change hands again – this time to a new kind of entertainment business called Play.
Husband and wife duo Adam and Lauren Katz of Fairhaven are officially taking over 34 Union Street to open an '80s-'90s vibe arcade complete with kitchen and bar.
Adam Katz is no newbie when it comes to business. He is also the co-owner of the wildly popular mobile ax-throwing trailer Haulin' Axes, so you know this new venture won't be dull.
"What can I say? I love having fun," Katz told Fun 107.
The arcade will have more than forty old-school arcade games that are coin and token operated. But not only will they have tons of retro games to keep you happy, but you can order made-from-scratch finger food from the kitchen, order up a coffee, one of 24 super-local craft beers, or even a non-alcoholic beer, all on tap.
There will even be two private function features, each able to support 50 people. And, yes, one of those spaces is the famous roof deck.
“We’re combining the feel of an '80s-'90s era arcade with the local art scene, giving people and families a fun place to hang out,” Katz said.
Katz said all ages will be welcome until 8 p.m. when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
“Hopefully we can add the sidewalk seating for the summer, too," he said. "Fingers crossed that we can open Memorial Day weekend. We are still waiting for approval on our liquor transfer and approval from the ABCC.”
If you pop in, you can catch Lauren and Adam at the skeeball machine. Be sure to let them know this is the best idea ever.