The company is trying to replace its arcade locations
The business division of Namco Bandai is interested in creating a new kind of arcade experience that mixes a restaurant centered approach with the traditional entertainment focus of the company.David Bishop, the chief operations officer at the business division of Namco, tells Polygon that, “We’ve been exploring a number of new business models and noodling the future of Out-of-Home entertainment for several years now, and our current planning does include an ‘upscale’ restaurant with ‘entertainment elements’.”
The project is codenamed Level 256 at the moment and Namco has been working with a restaurateur from Kansas City who already runs a number of high-scale European style bistros in the Midwest.
The location for the new Namco entertainment themed restaurant might be in Chicago.
Capcom is already running a video game-themed restaurant in Japan and the mix between eating and arcade action might find an audience in the near future.