GUILDERLAND As you walk towards the flashing lights beaming from the “Million Dollar Midway” at Dave & Buster’s, it’s hard not to feel like a kid again.
The 33,000-square-foot restaurant and game room at Dave & Buster’s in Crossgates Mall screams indulgence and aims to entertain. There are 170 games with 268 player positions, a 360-degree sports bar featuring more than two-dozen high-definition televisions, a sizeable menu offering some twists on classic American fare and bevy of alcoholic concoctions.
Dave & Buster’s opened its doors on Saturday, Aug. 24, and is opened daily from 11 a.m. to midnight, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday stretching until 2 a.m.
Dan Johnson, general manager of D&B in Albany, said the business sets itself apart with the combination of a dining room, sports bar and gaming.
“We’re thrilled to bring our unique brand of food and fun to the Capital Region,” Johnson said in a statement. “The new Dave & Buster’s Albany offers something for everyone with a great variety of dining and entertainment options.”
As such, patrons might want to block out more time for a D&B visit than a trip to a traditional restaurant.
“It is really an all-day event,” Johnson said. “It’s really an epicenter for fun.”
Johnson said on a rainy day you could come in and watch sports game, grab something to eat and then play some games before the next sporting event starts. He also said opening a location in the Capital District, as opposed to the company’s home in Texas, allows for an entertainment option during the colder months.
“It is cold out here and I don’t know how many people are really the outdoors activity type,” Johnson said, “so to come inside and bring your friends and family … and not be in a rush to do anything at all. Just to leisurely walk around the property is really the biggest point of difference for us.”