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Popular Arcade-Themed Pub Barcade Eyeing New Chelsea Location

By Mathew Katz | December 3, 2012 12:38pm

CHELSEA — That roll of quarters isn't just for laundry anymore.

Barcade, the hugely popular craft beer and classic video game hot spot with locations in Williamsburg, Jersey City and Philadelphia, is set to make the jump to Manhattan.

The bar's owners just filed an application to open a branch in a large Chelsea space at 148 W. 24th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues. 

The bar's owners were set to go before Community Board 4's Business Licenses and Permits Committee at its December meeting, but were forced to delay their appearance because they were not yet able to ink a lease on the space.

Paul Kermizian, one of the bar's founders, said they are still hoping to get the spot on West 24th Street but are also looking elsewhere in the neighborhood.

Founded by five beer-loving gamers in 2004, Barcade's original Brooklyn location has an ever-changing lineup of craft beers on tap, along with dozens of classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga and Donkey Kong. In true old-school fashion, each game costs just a quarter to play.

According to a real estate listing, the spot would have plenty of room for classic arcade games, with 4,000 square feet of ground floor space and a 2,500-square-foot basement.

If approved, the new location would be Barcade's fourth, with its Jersey City and Philadelphia locations opening in 2011.

Real estate brokers for the West 24th Street property didn't respond to a request for comment.