"When we were kids, all we wanted to do was hang out in arcades and play video games, but we didn't have any money. Now that we're adults and have money, there aren't any arcades anymore."
That's how Joshua Nickerson explains the motivation behind Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House, which will open along Route 7 in South Burlington later this spring.
Nickerson is partnering with Thom Dodge, the former managing partner at Hinesburgh Public House, to fill a 2,500-square-foot, two-level space with dozens of pinball machines and arcade games, including Pac-Man, Centipede and Galaga. "We'll have 12 to 14 pinball machines to start, and 14 to 15 arcade games," says Nickerson, a radiologist at Fletcher Allen Health Care, who modeled Tilt on similar venues he's visited in other cities.
Tilt will have tables, booths and a "long" bar with 15 taps — most of them devoted to local craft brews — as well as Vermont spirits. Dodge is planning a menu of "easy-to-carry-around-with-you food," says Nickerson — which might include burgers, chili and fish tacos.
Nickerson and Dodge leased the space at 7 Fayette Drive — near the Palace 9 Cinemas — through Peter Yee of Yellow Sign Commercial. The partners hope to have Tilt open by late May or early June. We're getting our trigger fingers ready.