The Grid Arcade and Bar To Open in LansingBy Jane Whitttington on February 23rd, 2017 /
Now Lansing residents can relive the days of their youth—if their youth includes the 70’s and 80’s. The Grid Arcade and Bar is coming to Old Town and bringing with it a lively atmosphere, craft beers from across the state and the nation, and retro video games. Corey Montie and Callie Mykut, co-owners, are putting the finishing touches on their unique venture and plan to be open for business in the spring.
Both Montie and Mykut spent time on the coasts—Montie in San Francisco and Mykut in New York City—before bringing the coolness of those vibrant locales to Lansing.
Montie says, “We’re not sure yet of our grand opening date. Right now, we are busy hiring staff, finishing renovations on the building and solidifying our menu of craft beers and nostalgic snack foods.”
Mykut adds, “We are planning to offer 40 different beers and a variety of snack items reminiscent of the 1970’s and ‘80’s.”
So far, The Grid has over 1,200 Facebook followers, so it seems that lots of folks in Lansing are looking forward to this new concept and following its progress online.
Mykut says, “We both visited places like this when we lived in San Francisco and New York City, and we felt like it was an idea that would work in Lansing too. There isn’t anything like it in the area, so we wanted to bring the experience to the area. Old Town seems like the perfect place.”
While the venue is adults-only Montie says that they plan to offer special family days when parents and children can come in to play the games mom and dad loved when they were growing up. He says, “We’ll probably be having family days on Saturday mornings. We also plan to offer rental of the venue for parties and other events.”
The Grid Arcade and Bar will feature some 30 retro video games and pinball machines. Some they have purchased from a private collector and others will be leased through a Grand Rapids firm, 616 Amusements, which rents out arcade games.
In establishing this new business, Montie and Mykut received advice and assistance from SBDC (The Small Business Development Center) and LEAP (Lansing Economic Area Partnership). In addition, Mykut says, “We have been welcomed with open arms by Old Town business owners. There’s a strong sense of community, and we have received tremendous support from everyone here in Old Town.”
The business will be located at 226 East Grand River in the former Chrome Cat building. Montie says, “We have almost completed an extensive renovation. Most of the changes have been cosmetic, but because the building has been vacant for so long, there was a good bit of work to be done.”
Referencing the original Willy Wonka movie, Montie and Mykut have devised a social media campaign to stimulate interest. Throughout the winter, they have been hiding Golden Tickets throughout Lansing and giving clues via social media as to their locations. Those who find a Golden Ticket will be given admission to the Grid’s soft opening—a chance to experience the Grid before the general public is admitted.
The name The Grid is a nod to the original Tron movie, a 1982 science-fiction, action/adventure film, which was one of the first to use computer generated effects.
Mykut says, “We are attempting to capture that time period and play into the nostalgia for the era. It’s a way of bringing back the feelings and experiences that we remember and appreciate.”
For more information, visit www.thegridoldtown.com, twitter, Facebook or Instagram.