Game On

Game On

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Game On
Photo by Sally Scruggs

If you’ve noticed the glittering lights that spell out “ARCADE” on the rooftop of The Baxter, you’re not alone. Since its opening on Graham Street in October, the bar and arcade has drawn a quarter-toting crowd split between folks hungry to reach their decades-old high score on Donkey Kong and others more familiar with Call of Duty than Q*Bert. It’s all thanks to Alex Joustra, Nick Stroud and brothers Joe and Danny Miller, who met while working together at Southern Rail. Imagined one night when they discussed what their own place would look like, they’ve now got one, decked out with video game memorabilia and a comic book-decoupaged bar top. The foursome relishes the hunt for all the original games and say one of the most satisfying parts of ownership is watching custom- ers’ faces as they find a favorite game. Although it is a bar, The Baxter does open its doors on Sunday afternoons to all ages, since, the owners say, “It would be a shame if kids couldn’t have the same experiences.”

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Jessica is the Executive Editor for Chapel Hill Magazine. As a 2010 grad of UNC, she's happy to be back in town writing, editing and eating around the Triangle.