According to Zanzabar’s Facebook page, every Monday will now be geared towards getting people that are over thirty-years-old and reasonable to show up and hang out. The night will run just like any other night, but hopes to draw in a more sensible, reasonable crowd.
“It’s just one night a week, but I think it’ll be fun,” says Zanzabar manager, Tony Bowman. “There’s all these great video games you can’t find anywhere else and we’ve got awesome food. But only reasonable people that are 30 or older appreciate stuff like that, and they never hang out here.”
Zanzabar has coin-op arcades such as an original Tapper, Joust, Galaga, and hard to find pinball machines. Despite the collection of vintage games, the evenings are usually overshadowed by a young crowd that only want to hear dance music and get wasted.
“We’re not complaining here at all,” says Bowman. “Business is great. But it’d be nice, you know? Nice to not hear Breaking Bad quotes all night.”
After ordering some food at the bar, a customer named Phil Crandall asked me if I was interested in playing a game of Tron with him. I’d never played Tron before but it sounded cool. Before I knew it, we were digging in our pockets for spare quarters.
“It’s almost 8 o’clock. I’m gonna have to get out of here after this game,” Crandall said, as he took a bite of pizza while using his other hand to spin the arcade’s wheel back and forth.
I asked Crandall what happens after 8 o’clock up at Zanzabar and he replied, “You ever seen the movie Overboard? Well it’s like Kurt Russel’s kids show up here, then they call you a faggot.”
We finished the game and Crandall hurried out of the bar.
Zanzabar says the new 30’s And Reasonable night is just an idea they’re tossing around right now, but hope to start up later this year.