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Downtown arcade-restaurant Misuta Chow's sets opening

Misuta Chow's, a Japanese-inflected arcade-restaurant, opens downtown July 14.

The two-story space at 521 Main St. will offer carefully curated eating, drinking and gaming experiences. It's owned by Christi Allen and Johny Chow, the bassist for alt-metal band Stone Sour.

"He’ll transport guests to the alleyways of Tokyo City for an authentic tour of Japan’s food and fashion street culture on the first floor restaurant bar, and then back in time to a neon-lit, mural-laden ’80s arcade on the second floor bar," a press release said.

The doors open at 4 p.m. July 14, with a grand opening set for Aug. 3.

A first-floor bar will serve drinks including craft cocktails, frosé and frozen Mai Tais. The second-floor beer menu will range from macrobrews like Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller High Life to local craft choices.

Vintage arcade games like Tron, Centipede and Rampage will be joined by five pinball machines and two Skee-Ball tables.

Food, by Executive Chef Dunbar Berdine, will be available in August. It'll include nods to Japanese street food like stuffed chicken wings, and takoyaki, octopus fritters.

"I started working at my uncle’s bar on Hertel Avenue when I was 15, and that’s really where it all started," Chow said. "Traveling the world with my band for the past five or so years, I’ve been to Japan dozens of times, and I fell in love with it right away. I wanted to share that experience with my hometown. And the ’80s were just awesome."

Christi Allen, Chow's life and business partner, said: "We hope to inspire in our guests a new or revitalized sense of appreciation and curiosity for Japanese food and culture. It’s our deep love and respect for the culture that spawned our vision, so we’ve instilled that same reverence in all of our staff, continually educating them so that every moment at Misuta Chow’s is a teachable one for guests."

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