The former Comedy Cafe, located at 615 E. Brady St., has been an empty black shell since 2015. No yuks have echoed forth from its chambers in two years, and no two-drink minimums have been enforced. But now, the building is set to get an infusion of new, pixelated life: According to BizTimes, Des Moines, Iowa residents Joshua Ivey and Sam Summers are planning to open an ’80s- and ’90s-focused arcade, Up-Down MKE, at the Brady Street location in February 2018. Food and craft beer will also be featured. The arcade will join other Up-Downs in Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Kansas City.
According to its website, the bar features more than 40 arcade games from the 1980s and 1990s, pinball machines, skee-ball, Nintendo and Sega console gaming, life-size Jenga and connect four.
All games are 25 cents.
The bar also boasts “an extensive craft beer selection with 20 beers on tap and even more bottles and cans, as well as ’80s and ’90s inspired cocktails.”
Sweet. Prepare to grab a (’80s- and ’90s-inspired?) cocktail, bust out some quarters, and watch the cool kids kick ass on Mortal Kombat for hours at a time.