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Namco Planning to Open Upscale Entertainment Restaurants

Namco has revealed some early details of the possible opening of several international chain restaurants. Namco tells Polygon:

It’s no secret that we’ve been exploring a number of new business models and noodling the future of Out-of-Home entertainment for several years now, and our current planning does include an ‘upscale’ restaurant with ‘entertainment elements’,” David Bishop, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Namco Entertainment Inc., told Polygon. “And yes, we’ve been working with an established American restaurateur, as well as some other really talented external professionals, to develop the concept!

Originally codenamed Level 256, a reference to the last levels of the original Pac-Man and Dig Dug arcade games, the restaurant is being developed in partnership with a restaurateur in Kansas City who runs a variety of upscale European bistros in the Midwest, according to Polygon sources. The greater Chicago-area company is currently eyeing possible locations in Chicago for the prototype.