Wauwatosa wins a Dave and Buster's location
According to the company and several local real estate sources, Dave & Buster's, founded in 1982 and headquartered in Dallas, is indeed bringing its high energy restaurant / entertainment concept to the Milwaukee-area.
D&B's will open at 2201-2215 N. Mayfair Rd., near the Ewald dealership space and a one-acre strip between the auto dealer and the DSW buildng. The location is kitty-corner to Mayfair Mall.
"We are looking at the Milwaukee area, and should be open in about a year and one half," said Kristen Banks at Dave and Buster's in Chicago.
D&B's currently operates 48 locations in the United States, including two in Chicagoland (Chicago and Addison). This is the company's first location in Wisconsin.
Dave & Buster's, Inc., usually locates near large shopping and entertainment centers like Mayfair. Its "Million Dollar Midway" should be a major regional destination with its interactive simulators, virtual reality systems, traditional carnival-style games, video games, pocket billiards and other entertainment options.
The company is not only growing its locations, but its finances. Total revenues for its first quarter in 2008 increased 5.2 percent over 2007 to $142.5 million.
"We are excited that the sales growth and margin momentum from last year continued through the first quarter of 2008," said Steve King, chief executiveo fficer, in a news release. "We are particularly encouraged by our exceptionally strong amusement sales."
I've been there twice and I'm not impressed with the service. There seems to be a lot of people being paid to stand there and walk around like they are important. It took awhile to really figure out where you had to go to just to be seated for dining. And once you speak to the 3 hostesses that are literaly arguing in front of you, you have to wait to be seated. The first time I went there it was roughly a 30minute wait, no big deal just walked around and played some games. The second time I went with my boyfriend and his son and we waited for two hours. Not the greatest service! That will be my last time!
I'm excited kinda...something new but my people(black people are gonna mess it up)....its sad too for this place to be a success i suggest a lot of security maybe even some metal detectors...cause my people(black people) sure do know how to mess up a good thing
Don't worry, there are plenty of people around that area who will ruin it.
Reporter | Oct. 8, 2008 at 4:47 p.m. (report)
jsonline just reported this today, oct. 7th, nearly 3 months after onmilwaukee. good work. can't wait for it to open!
If you look at most Dave & Buster's, they do not have downtown locations. A similar chain called Jillian's tried downtown locations in Columbus and Cincinnati and they failed. As for this place becoming a hot spot for "trouble", it all depends on how they handle it. IPic at Bayshore has done a very good job of making an adult only establishment. I don't think Dave & Buster's would have have gotten where they are by not having complete control over their stores.
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