Barcade Opening on St. Mark's Place by End of Summer, Owners Say
The 2,200-square-foot venue at 6 St. Mark's Place will feature American craft beers and 30 classic arcade games, such as "Ms. Pacman," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "NBA Jam," said co-owner Paul Kermizian.
The bar, which is the fifth Barcade to open since 2004, will also offer pub grub including a take on a “crazy Jersey-style fat sandwich,” a sub stuffed with burgers, cheese, french fries and more, Kermizian said.
“We have a romantic view of [St. Mark's Place],” Kermizian said. “We’re happy to be here.”
Kermizian had hoped to serve hard liquor and stay open until 4 a.m. nightly, but after hearing from some residents worried about rowdy late-night drinkers, he agreed at a Community Board 3 meeting on Monday night to only serve beer and wine. He also agreed to close by 2 a.m.
Kermizian and Barcade co-owners Pete Langway and Kevin Beard said they thought the compromise was fair.
“It’s a crowded area. We understand that they have to do what they have to do,” Kermizian said.
The New York State Liquor Authority will make a final decision on the liquor license.
Robert Weyersberg, who lives near East Seventh Street and Avenue A, spoke in support of Barcade, saying its other locations are full of “calm beer connoisseurs and good vibes.”
“It’s no frat party. It’s quite the opposite,” he said. “It's not the place one goes to get trashed.”
Barcade's other locations in Williamsburg, Chelsea, Jersey City and Philadelphia all have full liquor licenses allowing them to serve cocktails, but most of the bar's alcohol sales come from beer, Kermizian said.
Barcade will return to CB3 in the coming months to seek support for their St. Mark's Place arcade license, which is granted by the Department of Consumer Affairs.