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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 8, August 2010, Posted On: 7/22/2010

New FECs Open In Two Former GameWorks Sites

Marcus Webb
Trifecta Management Group, Kitchen-Den-Bar, Sega Gameworks, arcade, family entertainment center, FEC, out of home entertainment, amusement business, coin-op news

LOS ANGELES -- Trifecta Management Group will open a new family entertainment center concept on Aug. 5 called KDB, which stands for Kitchen-Den-Bar, in sites formerly occupied by Gameworks. The converted sites are at the Easton Town Center in Columbus, OH, and the Pike at Rainbow Harbor, a shopping center in Long Beach, CA.

KDB is described as a "similar restaurant-game concept, but for a slightly older crowd." Trifecta said its investors purchased assets of the Columbus Gameworks, and KDB will operate some of its machines. The Long Beach KDB store will offer a 180-seat restaurant with casual dining fare, bowling lanes, and more than 130 games and attractions.

Los Angeles-based Trifecta is headed by former Gameworks executives, including Ron Lam, who managed the chain between 1999 and 2005. They exited when Sega consolidated ownership of the chain by buying out its former Gameworks partners, which had included SKG DreamWorks and Universal Studios. Trifecta operates upscale bars in California, Florida, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia.

Sega closed most of its 15 Gameworks stores in late March. It also dissolved the corporate body, Sega Entertainment USA, which had managed the chain. A new entity, Sega GameWorks Inc., manages the handful of remaining stores still operating under the Gameworks name.

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