Buford Highway will soon be home to an arcade pub. Atlanta-based Player One Arcade Services is opening Player One Arcade Pub somewhere along Buford Highway, just north of the perimeter. Owners Nick Mizgala and Angela Pratt Mizgala haven’t sealed the deal on the property yet, but say they’re close. All will (hopefully) be revealed soon.
Details are sketchy at the moment but, once open, the Mizgalas say the pub will offer vintage arcade games such as Street Fighter and Ms. Pac-Man and food that can easily be eaten—think sliders—while playing games and sipping beer.
Player One Arcade Pub plans to have a kitchen serving its own food rather than go the pop-up restaurant or bar snacks route, “We are breaking away from the game bar template by offering our own food,” Pratt Mizgala tells Eater Atlanta. “...when we would talk to people about their experiences at game bars, we’d consistently hear that they liked it, but then they’d get a little drunk and hungry and have to leave to get a meal.”
The couple got started in the vintage arcade game repair business in 2015 after Avondale Estates comic shop and bar My Parents’ Basement hired them to create a Nintendo cabinet and a Digdug Multicade. The bar also occasionally rents games from the Mizgalas, as does gaming convention MomoCon, held at the Georgia World Congress Center.