published on October 13, 2016 - 6:49 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Local media had the opportunity Thursday to partake in food, fun and games at the highly anticipated Dave & Buster’s, which will hold its grand opening on Monday.


Dave & Buster’s, Assistant General Manager Jose “Beto” Chavarria gave The Business Journal a tour of the restaurant, sports bar and arcade.

While the bar area and gaming lounge mirror those at other Dave & Buster’s locations—the Fresno location is the 88th outlet in the nation and the 10th in California—the dining areas reflect the spirit of Fresno. The main seating area features photos of Fresno icons like the Old Fresno Water Tower, Warnors Theatre, and the Fresno Postage Stamp Mural. Images of Yosemite are also prominent. Outlet’s private dining area is named the Van Ness and Yosemite room.

“We wanted to make it feel like it is yours; Dave & Buster’s is a big company but this is your Dave & Buster’s,” Chavarria said.

The local flare pairs with Dave & Buster’s elaborate sports bar, which features local brews from Tioga Sequoia as well as Dave & Buster’s specialty drinks like the Long Island iced TNTEA and adult snow cones. The bar’s numerous flat screens feature various sporting events, including MMA Bellator matches, which Dave & Buster’s sponsors. Chavarria said Dave & Buster’s will also host special pay-per-view events for a cover charge, including UFC fights and boxing matches.

The arcade features 140 games, many of which Chavarria says are exclusive to Dave & Buster’s. Games range from classics like skee ball and air hockey to “real” versions of app-based games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. Prizes you can buy with tickets include everything from candy and teddy bears on the low end to Xboxes and Beats by Dre headphones on the high end.

The food is as creative as the atmosphere. Chavarria said his favorite dish is a pizza called the carnivore.

“We have a pizza that is made with a tortilla and it is really delicious,” he said. “It has tons of meat in it and is one of the most delicious pizzas I’ve ever had and I’m a pizza guy and I love pizza. This week I’ve probably had one every single day.”

While the outlet is bringing its fun to Fresno, it has also brought over 200 jobs. Chavarria said he is one of only four who transferred to Fresno from other locations. The remaining 216 employees are new hires from the Fresno area.

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