Recbar is about to be reimagined.
The owners of the gaming-themed bar and restaurant will open a second location in New Albany later this year. The new bar, which will be twice the size of the original location in Jeffersontown, will be called Recbar 812.
The new location will open at 336 Pearl St. in a building that previously housed the once-popular La Rosita restaurant. It has been vacant for several years.
All in all, Recbar 812 will be close to 24,000 square feet, which includes a main floor of more than 12,000 square feet and a basement that is just over 10,000 square feet. For comparison, the Jeffersontown location is about 10,000 square feet with about 140 games. When it opened, it was 5,000 square feet with about 40 games.
Co-owner Corey Sims said the main level in the New Albany location will have a dining area, bar and about half of the 175-plus games that will be available for play. There also will be a private events area on the main floor that will seat about 75. Downstairs, there will be more games and another bar area.
Sims said the goal is to open in early fall.
The basement area will be stocked at least in part with games that have larger footprints than a standard pinball or arcade cabinet game, including a pair of miniature bowling lanes and several skeeball games.
“We have a couple of new ideas for the basement area,” Sims said. “We haven’t figured out exactly what we’re doing yet, but there will be different types of games than at the current Recbar.”
Sims, who owns Recbar with business partner Tony Thomas, said filling the space won’t be a problem – he said about 90 percent of what they need is already in storage. This is due in part because the owners had been looking for a location in Southern Indiana for some time. In addition, the pair own a business called Retro Shop, on Bluegrass Parkway, which buys and sells new and used games.
“We have basically been collecting them for the last seven years or so,” Sims said. “It started out as a single Golden Tee to make a little extra cash and now it has evolved. We’ve just been buying them up. The warehouse is full in anticipation of opening a second location.”
Recbar 812 will feature a full bar and a menu focused on classic pub fare, such as burgers, tacos and appetizers, as well as the popular “Totcho” menu, featuring tater tots as the focus. The owners anticipate hiring about 60 to 70 employees.
The family-friendly concept is often a destination to hold birthday parties, corporate events, bachelor and bachelorette parties, sports team gatherings and more.
“We want to be a place for the community to come together to share an experience,” Sims said.