RIVER NORTH — Headquarters Beercade will open its second video game-focused bar and restaurant at 213 W. Institute Pl. this August.
The Lakeview-based flagship opened at 950 W. Wolfram St. in the fall of 2012, and later expanded to 2833 N. Sheffield Ave. It boasts a lengthy craft beer selection, paired with cult favorite games including Pac-Man, X-Men, Mortal Kombat, Frogger, Indiana Jones pinball, Avengers pinball and Metallica pinball.
Owner Mark Kwiatkowski said he fell in love with a similar concept in Brooklyn and knew it would be a success in Chicago's bar scene.
"It speaks to people that don't want to grow up," Kwiatkowski told DNAinfo Chicago at the time.
Executive Chef Chris Coker cooked up an all new menu for the River North restaurant, which has a full kitchen. A spokeswoman described them as "a spin on the family-centric meals America grew up on in the '70s and '80s."
The restaurant and bar will also have a distinct cocktail menu from the Lakeview outpost, with two exceptions. Facebook fans of the restaurant voted earlier this month to feature two standbys from the flagship bar — "Assault and Pepper," made with house-infused strawberry jalapeno tequila, and "Mott's," made with apple vodka, Mott’s apple sauce & apple bitters.
Future patrons are encouraged to "suggest a beer or game" for either restaurant's lineup on Headquarters Beercade's website.
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