By JAMES BELL
The word is out and excitement is building in Hays for the
opening of Arcade 11 Bar and Restaurant in downtown Hays, a new establishment
that will offer arcade-style gaming for all ages in a restaurant setting.
“We are going to be a full restaurant and full bar,” said
Kelly DePiesse, one of the four owners, who also include his wife Sarah, along
with another husband-and-wife Tyrel and Jessica Somers.
And the arcade will cater to fans of both classic and
“We are going to have a pretty good list of different arcade
machines.” DePiesse said.
Many of those he said will be the old cabinet-style machines,
but some newer machines will be presented as well.
He also said, they have some “surprises” they plan to bring
in, as well, and cocktail-type games.
The idea behind Arcade 11 came from the owners own
experiences and their desire to see something similar to their favorite
“The group of us travel together quite a bit to different
things and a lot of times when we are traveling, we are always seeking out
different bars or arcades,” he said. “We always really enjoy going to them and
we were at one time, like ‘Why not at home?’ ”
And he believes area residents will take to the fresh
“Overall, the business is going to be marketed more toward
college students, 30-year olds, 40-years olds and working professionals,” he
said. “I think there is a need for it. Everyone from college-age kids to older
adults will find something fun here.”
But while the restaurant and bar may shift to an adult-only
crowd during the evening, he said during the day the establishment will be
“Having a full restaurant, we are definitely expecting to have full families,”
he said. “Throughout the day, we definitely want to be welcoming to everybody
and let everyone have an opportunity to enjoy our business.”
Their location downtown also feeds into the desire to open a
place locals can enjoy.
“It’s a great location, there is a lot of historical value
downtown,” DePiesse said. “There are a lot of great businesses around and we
also have the college not too far away and all of the different apartments,
sororities, fraternities and whatnot.”
“We are right on the corner of Fort and 10th,” DePiesse
said. “Most notably, we are right across from the railroad tracks, just right
next to Sip and Spin, right on the corner.”
The establishment will be located at 201 W 10th.
The building has been the home to a variety of businesses
including a retail outlet, a gym, a music store and most recently Tang’s
Market, an Asian grocery.
“When we got into the building, it was completely stocked
full of different merchandise from when Tang’s Market was in here,” DePiesse
said. “It was kind of frozen in time, it was kind of apocalyptic looking.”
But the group of owners, doing much of the work themselves,
have already removed almost everything from the interior to prepare for the
“It’s been a process and we are just working on getting the
building up to code and getting it cleaned,” Depiesse said. “We are going to be
pretty proud once it is done,” he said. “It is going to be pretty sharp.”
Larger scale projects, like replacing the floors are also
underway and the roof has already been replaced.
While the owners are hoping to open this summer, their first
focus is on creating a venue that people can enjoy.
“We want everyone a good experience in here, so it is
important to us to make sure everything is done properly, and everything looks
good,” he said. “We don’t want to rush anything.”
Currently, they believe the restaurant will be open before
the fall school term begins, but they are hopeful it may open sooner.
“We appreciate the positive feedback and interest we have
gotten from everybody in the community, and we ask people to check out the
facebook,” he said. “If you want to see something particular let us know…we are
always open to ideas.”