Game for a go: Dave & Buster’s

Bass was one of the largest hospitality companies in mid 1990s Britain. The company had successfully introduced popular chain pubs such as All Bar One and O’Neills earlier in the decade.

Dave & Buster’s was a burger bar/video game arcade hybrid. Bass opened its first D&B in Solihull in 1997. A second outlet was opened in Bristol in 1998 at a cost of £12 million. The outlets were large (40,000 to 60,000 square feet) and in out of town locations. A third outlet was scheduled to open in Thurrock, Essex, but never did.

Bass did not invent the D&B concept, and merely held the UK franchise. In 2000 Bass withdrew from its franchise agreement and closed the two outlets. The chain still exists in its native America.

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