JACKSON, MI – There’s Pac-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, NBA Jam, Ghost Busters, Star Wars, Deadpool, Donkey Kong and more.
The throwback arcade games and retro pinball offerings at Tilted Arcade Bar, 146 W. Michigan Ave., opened to the public on Wednesday, June 19.
Paul Davis was one of the first through the door – fully equipped with quarters and a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” backpack to add to the vibe. The game Mortal Kombat brought Davis back to his childhood.
“I’ve been a big fan of video games my whole life, so I was really excited when I heard about an arcade opening downtown,” Davis, 30, said. “I brought all my change from home.”
Steve Osborne and Tommy Runkel were also some of the first customers at Tilted’s grand opening on Wednesday. Runkel, 26, was nostalgic about the Captain Hook pinball game, as the same game was in his dad’s shop when he was a kid.
“I’m going to come here often. I live right across the street, why wouldn’t I?” Osborne, 24, said. “I wish it luck, I hope it does well.”
Games cost between one and four quarters, per play. Tilted has an ATM and change machine for customers without quarters. The arcade bar also has six beers on tap and cans of beer starting at $1.50.
Food options on the limited menu include pretzels and cheese, loaded nachos, gyros and tacos. Customers can also bring in food from surrounding restaurants, Owner Randy LeMaster said.
Before becoming an arcade bar, this space housed a strip club called The Ruby Slipper, and before that Dr. Don’s Famous Door. But LeMaster, who also owns The Dirty Bird and The Chase restaurants in downtown Jackson, decided to take the business in a different direction.
“The people are looking for more to do,” LeMaster said earlier this month. “This is another form of entertainment.”
Tilted has more than 30 games, and LeMaster said he’s spent more than $100,000 on pinball machines in the last few months alone.
Tentatively, the business is closed Mondays, open at 4 p.m. on other weekdays, 2 p.m. on weekends and closes between midnight and 2 a.m.