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Flippin’ awesome pinball and video arcade to host grand opening in Cedar Rapids


Tron game -- photo by Chris Ainsworth
Tron game — photo by Chris Ainsworth

The Quarter Barrel, a arcade bar and pizza place in Cedar Rapids is having a grand opening party this Saturday at 6 p.m.

Owner Chris Ellis has been working on renovating a century-old building at 616 2nd Ave. in Cedar Rapids and had a soft opening New Year’s Eve party, the first and only day he was open for business in 2015. Since then he’s been training staff, smoothing out the menu and rolling out the pinball and video games.

Over 25 video games are on the floor, including Galaga, Centipede, Ms. Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat 2, Donkey Kong, Tron, Wrestlemania, Zaxxon, Asteroids, Mr. Do’s Wild Ride, Double Dragon II, and Bump ‘N Jump. For pinballers, Ellis offers T2 Judgement Day, The Simpsons, Fish Tales, Dirty Harry, The Shadow and Batman Forever.

And Arkanoid fans rejoice: Ellis said he would add the Breakout-based game in February.

He touted the fried pickles and he’s expanded The Quarter Barrel menu to include a few apps, tomato bisque soup, salad, several pizzas and a couple desserts, and next week, Quarter Barrel will offer lunches starting on Tuesday.

Ellis has brewed a pair of in-house beers, Bankers’ Hours English Bitter and Three Threads Porter running from two of his 24 taps. He said he would like to brew a dozen in-house beers eventually to match with a dozen guest beers. Currently, Quarter Barrel has local brews from Lion Bridge, Big Grove, Millstream and Turner Alley on tap.

The brew-pub/arcade owner said he plans to bring in more video games this year, as well. The Quarter Barrel is open today from 4-10 p.m.


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