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Dave & Busters coming to Grand Rapids

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It will be only their third location in the State, with two in the Detroit area. If you don't know what it is, it's basically a Chuck E Cheese for adults. Going in where the old Barnes and Noble used to be on 28th Street behind Chipotle.

 

It's kind of a bummer they didn't go downtown, but then again I wonder if downtown needs another large drinking establishment?

 

http://www.grbj.com/articles/80675-family-entertainment-center-targets-28th-street

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=dave+and+busters&biw=1366&bih=633&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=tsQmVLqwB4O0yQSkhYHIBQ&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg

 

They're basically only found in the suburbs of large metro areas so it's another sign that Grand Rapids is moving up the ranks in its Tier II city status.

 

http://www.daveandbusters.com/locations/alllocations.aspx

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It's easy for me to get to, I'm happy to see them come to the area.

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Wow, this is one of those places (like an urban outfitters or trader joes) that you want to see a growing city get. I'm very excited about it.

Joe

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Interestingly too, I was just talking with someone the other day about whether Jade Pig was still around (or was that on here?). They apparently are.

 

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Wow, this is one of those places (like an urban outfitters or trader joes) that you want to see a growing city get. I'm very excited about it.

Joe

 

 

Exactly Joe. I probably won't be there every weekend but we might go once in a while (like we would a Whole Foods).

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I thought I remember one in downtown Indy years ago? another chain that says GR is in with the big boys now? and doesn this belong in the the restaurant rumor thread?

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It's an entertainment venue. Sure they serve food, but ist is an arcade more than anything.

Joe

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I thought I remember one in downtown Indy years ago? another chain that says GR is in with the big boys now? and doesn this belong in the the restaurant rumor thread?

 

At 26,000 square feet and enough seating for 422 people, it's quite a bit larger than your average new restaurant opening. I don't think Joe said that GR is "in with the big boys now." He said it's a chain that growing cities get.

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It does send a signal that GR is moving up an echelon.  I know we don't like chains, but chains like this show GR is being recognized as a larger market.   Just bring in a Cheesecake Factory, and a J Alexander and GR has arrived haha :)

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It does send a signal that GR is moving up an echelon. I know we don't like chains, but chains like this show GR is being recognized as a larger market. Just bring in a Cheesecake Factory, and a J Alexander and GR has arrived haha :)

I thought Chipotle was the second coming?

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I thought Chipotle was the second coming?

 

They were just slow growers east of the Mississippi.  It was bound to happen.

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I thought Chipotle was the second coming?

 

There are 1600 Chipotle's. There are only 61 Dave & Busters. Just sayin. :)

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There are 1600 Chipotle's. There are only 61 Dave & Busters. Just sayin. :)

If they keep expanding at this rate, there will be 1600 Dave and busters soon enough. Then what?! What chain will we turn to next to define our city?!

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If they keep expanding at this rate, there will be 1600 Dave and busters soon enough. Then what?! What chain will we turn to next to define our city?!

 

 

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If they keep expanding at this rate, there will be 1600 Dave and busters soon enough. Then what?! What chain will we turn to next to define our city?!

 

I hope Ikea! :)

 

Nothing particullary wrong with chains. You cant really have a thriving local retail economy on just the stuff you would find in East Hills or Gaslight Village. Just having expensive locally-made products will be a net loser in the end.

 

I just wish some of them would locate more than just a few inches inside of GR.

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I hope Ikea! :)

 

Nothing particullary wrong with chains. You cant really have a thriving local retail economy on just the stuff you would find in East Hills or Gaslight Village. Just having expensive locally-made products will be a net loser in the end.

 

I just wish some of them would locate more than just a few inches inside of GR.

 

Agreed, except for that GR + KZOO metro areas combined need about a 1,000,000+ in population growth before Ikea will entertain coming here.  Ikea's not in that many cities.  And they'll probably either build it in Byron Center or Wayland.

 

I would've expected Dave and Buster's to be in the vicinity of the malls.  I think part of the ring around Centerpointe would've been best (and would've put them in GR).  28th Street could use some love, but I wonder how long they will stay there before they move closer to better retail like B&N did? ...But for now, at least I know where all the D-Bags in Kentwood will be hanging out!

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Not that this is a barometer for anything, but the Facebook post by MLive about Dave & Busters has 1400 likes and over 200 comments celebrating its arrival. Told you guys it was big news (at least in some circles). :) Also the Mlive article has 7400 FB likes. That's pretty high.

 

https://www.facebook.com/grpress/posts/10152289937051367

 

That "Chuck E Cheese" for adults was my line! :)

 

I'm actually looking forward to it. Craig's Cruisers is getting a bit old for the kids and me. As long as it doesn't become douchebag central I think it will be cool.

 

I think we've matured enough as a metro area where we have a plethora of locally owned options and are getting some of the bigger chains. In fact, the fact that we have decent locally owned restaurants along the East Beltline (a major commercial corridor) is pretty unheard of in most of the places I've been.

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I thought Facebook likes were for curing cancer not measuring the success of a already successful company.

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"Frank, If you are looking for a better steak in an arcade setting, well you are $4it outta luck!"  

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I thought Facebook likes were for curing cancer not measuring the success of a already successful company.

 

Facebook likes have a purpose? :) Generally the "social interaction" of a media article relates to how much that article has been read, since most media sites get a large majority of their traffic from social media now. More than Google even in some cases.

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Facebook likes have a purpose? :) Generally the "social interaction" of a media article relates to how much that article has been read, since most media sites get a large majority of their traffic from social media now. More than Google even in some cases.

But Google is social media...

YouTube, Google+, Google News, Twitch.

The mlive article isn't even doing well on Reddit - THE social media news site.

http://www.reddit.com/r/grandrapids/

It has less upvotes than a meme featuring Obama and less comments than a question about Sprint. Admirable is about the best I can do.

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But Google is social media...

YouTube, Google+, Google News, Twitch.

The mlive article isn't even doing well on Reddit - THE social media news site.

http://www.reddit.com/r/grandrapids/

It has less upvotes than a meme featuring Obama and less comments than a question about Sprint. Admirable is about the best I can do.

 

Google is not social media, not when you're looking at analytics. Google+ I'll give you, but that's a stretch. And no one uses it. YouTube is owned by Google but hardly what I'm talking about.

 

Most Dave & Busters fans probably don't know what Reddit is.

 

Just admit that you don't like D&B's and you're mad that it's so popular. :) I know, it's a social class/urbanist snobbery/local first kind of thing.

 

In the general scheme of things, an article about Long Road Distillery opening on the West Side got 188 FB likes.

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/05/grand_rapids_school_board_memb_7.html

 

(I don't think it got much on Reddit either)

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But Google is social media...

YouTube, Google+, Google News, Twitch.

 

Twitch isn't a part of Google. Goggle lost to Amazon on the bidding for Twitch.tv, 

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