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D&B advertised as the ‘epicenter for fun’

Dave & Buster’s opens in Crossgates Mall featuring food, drinks, sports and a lot of games

The newly opened Dave and Buster’s in Crossgates Mall features 170 games from Skeeball to cutting edge video games.

The newly opened Dave and Buster’s in Crossgates Mall features 170 games from Skeeball to cutting edge video games.

— 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.

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The lawn mower salad is one of concoctions to come out of the Dave & Buster’s kitchen.

“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.”

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