Even pin ball wizards have to eat. Now they can grab a New York-style slice and keep playing all night long at the Van Buren’s two new additions.
The pair of establishments, Ziggy’s and Stardust, offer pizza and pinball right around the corner from the popular downtown Phoenix music venue’s entrance. Ziggy’s is open to the public now; Stardust Pinbar will open its doors to the public on Monday, August 12.
Tyler Woodbury, along with Ariel Bracamonte and Phoenix developer Chuckie Duff, partnered to bring the project to life.
“The venue is busy many nights a year, so we thought we’d create something that would complement the Van Buren,” Woodbury says.
What is Ziggy’s pizza?
Although slightly hidden around the corner from the main Van Buren building, the bright red umbrellas draw diners from the concert venue or street to the pizzeria.
Ziggy’s is designed to be a casual, fast spot to grab a slice while waiting in line for a show or to pick up a pie on your way home. Guests also can enjoy their pizza in Stardust Pinbar while they wait for their turn at the games.
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Greg Ziegler, co-founder of NYPD Pizza, helped the partners with Ziggy’s recipes. Originally from Queens, Ziegler helped develop the restaurant’s foldable, greasy pizza to bring a little taste of the Big Apple to Phoenix.
“It’s authentic, New Your-style pizza that’s simple, fast, casual,” Woodburry says. “They’re throwing pies in front of customers, it’s just going to be loud and vibrant.”
Beer and wine will be allowed on the patio, which also provides extra seating.
Here’s what’s on the Ziggy’s menu
The menu includes pizza by the slice and full pies along with garlic knots, wings and fries.
Diners can customize their slices with extra toppings for 25 cents each. Full pies come with music-inspired names including:
Easy Cheesie.Pretty Fly for a White Pie: Spinach, two types of cheese and roma tomato and no red sauce.The Boss: Think, meat-lovers.So Fresh So Clean: Topped with sweet peppers, onion, mushrooms and spinach.Ziggy Pie: A little bit of everything.
Ziggy’s pizzas can be made with a gluten free crust. Other options on the menu include loaded fries or pizza fries, Buffalo and Korean barbecue wings and Caesar salad.
Ziggy’s serves soda and ice tea, with a full bar located inside Stardust.
What to expect at Stardust pinball bar
Stardust Pinbar has a collection of music-themed pinball machines including Guns N’ Roses. (Photo: Tirion Morris)
Those looking for a little more fun should seek out the secret door inside Ziggy’s that takes you to Stardust pinball bar.
Cross through what appears to be the door to a walk-in refrigerator, and you enter the glittering and neon world of Stardust Pinbar. As your eyes adjust to the darkness, a large light-up dance floor with a giant disco ball hanging above it draws immediate attention.
Next, your eyes will be drawn to the edges of the room lined with brightly colored pinball machines inviting guests to insert tokens and play.
Bracamonte of Cobra Bar curated the 16 pinball games inside the lounge. He hopes to expand the repertoire to include 20 rotating games from his collection, which he estimates includes between 350 and 400 games. Many are now being played at Cobra Bar’s locations in Phoenix and Tucson, though Stardust is his first first pinball-focused bar.
Bracamonte is particularly excited about games including Arabian Nights, Attack from Mars and Centaur. Because of its proximity to the Van Buren, Stardust also will have music-themed games including a Beatles game, ACDC, Guns and Roses, Metallica and more.
The historic Van Buren building, the retro feel at Ziggy’s, the light up dance floor and the games all bring a nostalgic feel to Stardust, Bracamonte says.
“People are circling back to pinball,” he says. “There was a demand for it, and they are just so fun to play.”
And he’s not even worried about the pizza grease.
“Pinballs are made to be played,” he says. “If people drop a pepperoni on it, it’s not the end of the world.”
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