Rusty Quarters Arcade to close this Thursday

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Well, it was fun while it lasted. Last Friday, store owners Annie and Sage Spirtos announced via Facebook that Rusty Quarters Arcade will be closing its doors this week.

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Citing high rent and dwindling sales, the owners said the space will stay open through Wednesday, November 6. So if you have a desire to play BurgerTime, Q*Bert, or Centipede, now's your final chance to do so in the Lyn-Lake space.

Though the venue is beloved by arcade fanatics, the stability of the business has always been precarious, though hopeful. Over the past year or so, RQA has put together a few successful Kickstarter campaigns, raising cover $10,000 from supportive members of the community.

As with any business, there will be a final sale. Folks interested in purchasing one of the arcade games for their private residence can email email@rqarcade.com.

You can read the venue's farewell statement here.   

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ArcadeGenius
ArcadeGenius

Is it any shock that a business that asked for, and received, $11,000 in donations in its first 18 months didn't succeed? They blew it in their opening months, needed $3,000 in charity to keep open, then came back about a year later and asked for another $8,000. There was no doubt the ship was sinking.

Geoff Carl
Geoff Carl

Saw that coming about 100,000,000,000 million miles away.

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Bummer. That being said, if they had moved from their too expensive space to something more affordable that would allow for even a basic food license - bar pizzas, sodas, ice-cream, sandwiches, they would probably be doing fine. You can't survive on the occasional used Nintendo cartrridge, candy bar and 25 cent game of Qbert. Sad to see them go.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

I got married there. I'm gonna miss the hell out of the place. A great place to take the kid for cheap night that had games for both of us, not just the expensive ticket machines like everywhere else.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

I'm glad they stayed open longer than planned, almost a year now extra it seems? However, with the way things are going it seems like it's closure was inevitable. I thought Bryant Lake Bowl bought them or something though?

Microphone Skerschman
Microphone Skerschman

Bummer, thank all the people working hard to run up the cost of living and rent for small business in uptown. Put a condo on it!

Sara Ball
Sara Ball

:( Rusty Quarters Arcade you will be missed :'(

ArcadeGenius
ArcadeGenius

@Geoff Carl Anybody who thought this arcade was going to last isn't very smart. It was clear within the first several months of Rusty Quarters that the folks running it had little chance of succeeding. Even if they had made smart business decisions, I am skeptical it would succeeded. But when you make poor decisions, and run your business poorly, you won't last.

ewjacobson
ewjacobson

@Thomas Zocher Easy to say, but you cant just walk out on a lease.

ArcadeGenius
ArcadeGenius

@Oscar QuellaStart making a monthly road trip down to Jordan, where Zap Arcade is. Yes, it costs money to drive, but it's not like it's a drive to Canada. If retro gaming deserves the support everyone claims, finding a Saturday for a road trip shouldn't be too much of a burden. http://zap-arcade.com/

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Somewhat. But those people clearly didn't know how to run a business.

ArcadeGenius
ArcadeGenius

@ewjacobson The lease was part of the problem, but that was only the beginning of their problems, problems the ownership duo is largely responsible for. 

Yes, you can make money through food sales, but you need cash to invest in equipment and inventory. Perhaps selling frozen pizzas and fountain soda would have been a cheap way to rake in the dough, but my hunch is that it wouldn't have made enough money to make a difference, but it would have required a lot of extra work by the owners, and they didn't seem like the kind of people who wanted to work that hard.

ArcadeGenius
ArcadeGenius

@ewjacobson @mingtran I agree with Ming. Why open a business that has the odds stacked against it? There is plenty of evidence that retro gaming is a tough sell, and the owners of RQ clearly weren't savvy businesspeople. It wouldn't be hard to do better than the RQ duo did in running a retro arcade, but it's a losing proposition.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Arcades are dead. I wouldn't open an arcade and I definitely wouldn't open a business if I didn't have the money to do so.

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