Consuming, consuming and ping pong are standard combos proper now in Chicago. SPiN Chicago arrived last week, bringing Susan Sarandon’s New York import to River North. Over in Ukrainian Village, hipsters have piled into divey Happy Village for years with their paddles whereas sipping on cheap beer. Now a brand new contender, AceBounce, plans on giving Chicago an English spin on the pattern with a concentrate on premium choices.
Bounce CEO Adam Breeden known as in from London to speak about his social ping pong idea, chatting in regards to the 14,500-square-foot house that he plans opening in June at 230 N. Clark St. Launched in 2012, there’s two Bounce ping pong golf equipment in London, drawing hipsters, bachelorette events and company outings. They’ve renamed the idea AceBounce for America, they usually hope for extra U.S. growth. AceBounce’s severe strategy to meals and its laid-back environment will assist distinguish itself from different ping pong spots, Breeden stated. Ping pong is not handled as aggressive sport at Bounce, as Breeden recalled a gaggle of 10 girls having fun with themselves at one in every of his London golf equipment. They weren’t holding rating, they had been simply hitting balls at one another.
“They had been simply having an extremely enjoyable time,” Breeden stated. “That type of picture illustrates that it is totally different. It is superb how a lot enjoyable you possibly can have at ping pong tables with out partaking in a severe method.”
There is a positively a membership part to the idea, with DJs blasting tunes over the weekends. However Breeden does not need visitors to compromise something. Many occasions when a bar or restaurant is centered round an exercise —like ping pong— the meals is subpar, the venue’s design is shoddy and the service is missing, he stated. That will not be the case at AceBounce the place meals will not be an afterthought, as many visitors in London come for the meals with out grabbing a paddle: “You actually can have a incredible culinary expertise,” Breeden stated.
Whereas Breeden would not share names, AceBounce promised a big-name chef to supervise the kitchen and an award-winning mixologist who will deal with cocktails. They will serve American meals, so do not count on English touches on the menu. Over in London, the place the spots are routinely full of younger, city enjoyable seekers, they serve pizzas from a wood-burning oven.
The house will home 17 ping pong tables, and whereas charges are being finalized, Breeden estimated table leases will price about $35 per hour. The corporate is especially pleased with a table coming to Chicago that will probably be used within the 2016 Summer season Video games in Rio De Janeiro. Guests will discover 18-foot ceilings and a 47-foot timber-clad bar inside.
Apart from AceBounce, Breeden stated his group will open one other idea subsequent 12 months in Chicago. The idea will characteristic one other exercise and elevate it the identical method AceBounce has executed for ping pong. Keep tuned.