by Ian McNulty
A new venture called Barcadia is gearing up to open in the Warehouse District with a concept mingling vintage arcade games, craft beers and burgers. Frogger, Ms. Pac Man, Mortal Kombat and other classics of the coin-op kingdom will line the floor, while the bar will feature 40 or so draft beers and the kitchen will stay open late.
Barcadia is taking shape in the ground floor of a parking garage just off Poydras Street where the developers are also building an upscale cocktail bar called Ohm Lounge. Barcadia is expected to open in early January, with Ohm Lounge following later in the month.
Barcadia is the expansion of a concept that already has two locations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, but the New Orleans edition is coming in with local credentials too.
Stan Ripp, who runs the Warehouse District event space Generations Hall, is developing Barcadia here in partnership with the concept’s founder, Billy Blatty (if that last name sounds familiar it should — his father, William Blatty, wrote the original novel version and subsequent screenplay of “The Exorcist”).
“We thought it was perfect for New Orleans and for this space,” says Ripp. “It’s all about beer, games, rock and roll and burgers.”
For those burgers, they’ve brought in Nick Hufft, a New Orleans native who has gained a following in Baton Rouge for a food truck called Curbside, which serves burgers around a circuit of lunch and late-night locations in the Capital City. His menu at Barcadia will include appetizers (like fried pickles), salads, eight or nine burgers (one with over easy duck eggs) and sandwiches (deli-style hot pastrami, bratwurst). Hufft says he’ll continue to run the Curbside truck in Baton Rouge.
The main room will have lots of TVs for sports viewing and the concept's main act: two dozen arcade games (still a quarter a play), plus pinball and skee ball. Garage doors will open from the dining room to an outdoor patio with picnic tables and more TVs, where you can also play "life-size Jenga." There will be a second room, used on busy nights or available for private parties, with its own bar, patio and a game room stocked with air hockey and more modern games.
Ohm Lounge will open just next door. This is the reincarnation of a club of the same name that was previously on St. Charles Avenue. At this new version, the drinks list will be handled by Ricky Gomez, a New Orleans native, former Cure bartender and current brand ambassador for the beverage company Diageo.
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