It took special legislation, but homegrown bar and game venue Dave & Buster’s will return to Little Rock mid-June, bringing its blinking drinks, Caveman Combo and plenty of video games to the Gateway Town Center.
The company, now publicly held and traded on the NASDAQ, was the creation of James “Buster” Corley, whose Buster’s Restaurant was the go-to restaurant in Little Rock the 1970s and 1980s, and Dave Corriveau, who owned Slick Willy’s World of Entertainment, which gave us billiards, video games and a nickname for a president. They opened Dave & Buster’s in Dallas in 1982, selling their companies here in later years.
Chuck Beyer, general manager of the Dave & Buster’s here, says Little Rock is special because of the company’s origins; the restaurant here will be the 96th in the company’s chain. The 30,000-square-foot venue includes a dining room that seats 300, a sports lounge with enormous televisions, and a “star-studded bar” and the Midway, where you plunk down cash to play games, thanks to Act 1209 of 2015, crafted just for Dave & Buster’s, which raised the cap on how much a player can win at an arcade.
The bar will serve “adult snow cones,” as Beyer described them, and “Glo Kones” that blink thanks to a special cube that you get to drink. Also, of course, mojitos and margaritas and Long Island teas. It’s all over the top, from the menu to the TVs to the booze, and it will be open seven days a week: 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Hiring begins May 11; go to the company's career website. daveandbusters.com/careers.