Lancaster arcade and bowling alley to open
Decades, a new arcade and bowling alley in Lancaster, was built to recreate the nostalgia of 100 years of entertainment in one business.
Decades’ founders had long wanted to create a single destination for food, drink, video games and bowling. They brought it to life inside the 90-year-old Stahr Armory on North Queen Street.
The 15,000-square-foot building is now fitted with a six-lane bowling alley, 28 arcade machines and a full restaurant and bar.
Scheduled to open March 13, the venue aims to bring something new to downtown Lancaster, according to John Yeager, a founding partner of Decades.
“We feel like we are trying to fill a void in Lancaster city. There was a demand in Lancaster city for a bowling alley for some time,” said Johnathan Yeager, a partner at Decades. “You can go out and get some drinks but we are trying to find something else for people to do.”
Decades’ name comes from its décor, which blends retro arcade games with light fixtures and wall art reminiscent of the 1930s, Yeager said.
“The setting and atmosphere here is almost art deco,” he said. “The whole idea was to bring retro arcade games from the 70s, 80s and 90s to that.”
Partners Chris Trendler, Adam Ozimek and Yeager, first thought of the idea in 2012 but the trio waited to look for a location for Decades until they could secure funding.
The partners first planned to buy a building on Prince Street in 2016, but the building’s owner decided not to sell.
Trendler, Ozimek and Yeager found the current building in 2017 and agreed to rent the space at North Queen St.
In that time, they partnered with investor Mike Callahan, CEO of West Earl Township-based Benchmark Construction, and his daughter, Bri. Decades also contracted with Benchmark for all of its construction.
In 2012 Trendler, Ozimek and Yeager founded Joycat, an events company that runs the annual Lancaster Craft Beerfest. Last year’s festival, held August 25, brought in 3,000 attendees, up from 2,000 in its first year in 2013.