Pints and PlayStation: gaming bar opens in Falmouth
A FORMER butcher is cashing in on the growth of the video consoles market by opening a bar dedicated entirely to gaming.
Richard Stamp was celebrating last week after being granted a license to run the 8-Bit bar on the former Shades nightclub site on Quay Street in Falmouth.
He plans to open the venue before the end of October after kitting it out with the latest in 42-inch flat screen TVs, retro arcade machines and Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
The bar, which will be able to sell alcohol up to 10:30pm every day, will also invite people to have a drink while playing board games or cards.
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Mr Stamp, also a games reviewer in his spare time, left his job as assistant manager of Myatts of Falmouth last week to start work on his new business.
“The games market is just a constantly-growing industry,” he said. “It is also a social hobby.
“So this is one of those things that is going to become more and more popular.
“Places like mine will become less and less niche.
“The idea for me is to be one of the guys to be in there before the rush.
The concept for gaming bars comes from the Tokyo.
The opening of 8-Bit will follow the closure of the Loading Bar – its much smaller predecessor – earlier this year, which was open for three years directly opposite 8-Bit on Quay Street.
“I was definitely a regular there,” said Mr Stamp.
“I looked at franchising in his old premises. It has been one of those thoughts that has been there for a while.
“When he closed up and moved away it kicked it up a notch.”
“We have expanded on his concept, with his consent.”
Just the upstairs bar of the new venue will be open initially, allowing a maximum capacity of 40.
The bar does not have an license to play music or host live music acts.
Notices will advise smokers not to congregate outside the premises.
One of the conditions asks the business to become an active member of the local Pubwatch scheme.
As well as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, the bar will have the newest versions – Xbox 1 and PlayStation 4 – on their release dates on November 22 and 29 respectively.
The bar, which will offer table service only, was given the go-ahead by Cornwall Council’s licensing committee last WednesdayOct 9.