The owners of Emporium Arcade Bar have announced a November 3 opening date for their Fulton Market location. It’s Emporium’s third Chicago location, mixing craft beer with vintage arcade video games. They’re replacing The Betty, a cocktail lounge that closed in September after two years at 839 W. Fulton Market.
Emporium opened Chicago’s first arcade bar in 2012 in Wicker Park. Owners Danny and Doug Marks added a second location — also on Milwaukee Avenue — in 2014 that focused more on table games like bubble hockey, pool, and foosball. The Marks brothers also opened a pop-up bar space in Logan Square that recently hosted a Stranger Things-themed bar. They’ve since moved on to a Halloween-themed pop-up.
Emporium posted photos on Facebook. The sneak peek shows a pool table, and Home Run Hitter, a 1994 table game. They’ll also have pinball, shuffleboard, air hockey, and classic games including Pac-Man.
Footman Hospitality, the owner of The Betty, is partnering with the Emporium team on the new bar. This is a licensed deal with Footman owning and operating the space. Footman’s Jason Freiman wrote the Fulton Market location will be more upscale versus Emporium’s previous two offerings. They’ll add a cocktail program, a signature at Footman’s bars like Sparrow in Gold Coast and Spilt Milk in Logan Square: “We will combine a premium craft beer and cocktail program with a variety of bar games to create a unique night out,” Freiman wrote.
Take a look at the photos below. There’ll be much more info to share about Emporium Fulton Market in the coming weeks.