Reboot Social ‘Arcade Bar’ brings games, drinks, food and nostalgia to downtown Eau Claire | New

CLEAR WATER (WQOW) – A new business opens at the former location of the Children’s Museum on Barstow Street in downtown Eau Claire.

Co-owner Charlee Markquart said the dream concept of him and his partners has evolved since its inception.

“We have been planning, at some point, to open an arcade bar for a long time. I mean, it’s probably been 10 years,” Markquart said. “It’s a bigger concept than what we started with, but we feel good about it.”

Reboot Social will include a restaurant, a dozen pinball machines and four bowling alleys on the ground floor and a large banquet hall upstairs. The lower level will house the bar, ski ball machines, darts and lounges, as well as more than two dozen vintage games like Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger and NBA Jam.

“We have games starting in 1979, running through 2021,” Markquart said. “Most of the games are vintage games, from the 1980s, 1990s.”

Co-owner Ian Prock said the Reboot Social name isn’t just a clever pun, it has a lot of meaning.

“Reboot Social, the name, we were all sitting together talking about how we really want to create a social environment where people can be social again,” Prock said. our phones, and that’s really all we had was our house and what was in it.

“From the color schemes, the spaces we created, and the way we positioned the games, it was all based on trying to create an environment where people would try to hold a conversation rather than looking at their phone or talking. to be alone.”

Executive Chef John Bender added: “There is something for everyone. Just like with the social lounge and what the Reboot brand is.

He explained that the menu will include burgers and fries, pizza, curd and even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

“The PB and J is going to be like a throwback to childhood,” Bender said. You must eat !”

Whether it’s food or fun, Reboot Social hopes to bring something new to Eau Claire that will be part of the city’s continued growth and success.

“We all love Eau Claire,” Markquart said. “We all looked back 10 years ago, when downtown was sort of reborn, and I think we feel like there’s a whole different level of things going on here now.”

“And if you’ve never played bowling or darts, maybe you’ve played some vintage games and you’ll come and check that out,” Prock said. “And maybe walking around in something you haven’t done before.

The grand opening of Reboot Social is currently scheduled for September 2. It will be open to ages 18 and up.

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