Pong Creator's Restaurant, Many Years In The Making, Finally Opens
from the slow-roasted dept
It's become nearly impossible to count all of the news stories over the past decade talking about Pong creator Nolan Bushnell and his plans to open a new video-game themed restaurant. Doing a quick search finds at least one article from 1999 that mentions his basic plans to build restaurants that are built on video games -- combining some of the concepts from his two previous "success" stories: Atari and Chuck E Cheese. However, every time we saw an article about Bushnell's uWink offering, it always described some future date when these restaurants would open. Back in 2005, there was actually a whole flurry of articles about his plans for such a restaurant -- often mentioning that he planned to open the restaurant towards the end of that year. However, there doesn't seem to be any evidence that any such restaurant opened, and today Katie Fehrenbacher at Gigaom is saying that the first such restaurant is finally opening, many, many, many years after it was originally planned. What's unclear what caused all those delays, and whether it represents more a problem of the idea (video games at your table) or the execution. Apparently, we'll find out soon enough.