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Arcadia National Bar Turns to Kickstarter for $25K

The guys behind Arcadia National Bar standing outside of their future space. [Screencap]

Arcadia National Bar, a "barcade" that will feature pinball, video games, craft beer and grilled cheese sandwiches, is looking to raise $25,000 through Kickstarter to help cover the renovation costs when it takes over Slainte's spot on Preble Street in Portland. The campaign is just underway. Already, 23 backers have pledged $2,570 toward the goal with 29 days remaining. (Coincidentally, the Press Herald's Meredith Goad took a look at the trend of local food and drink businesses turning to crowd-sourced funding for new projects in today's Press Herald. There's also a sidebar rounding up the successful and failed projects.)

Arcadia National is the brainchild of friends Dave Aceto and Ben Culver, who met playing pinball and found a barcade void in the city. According to the Kickstarter page, the money raised will go toward electrical work and lighting ("No more glare on pinball machines from poorly placed lights!"), signage, flooring, paint, opening up the space and other improvements. Pledge incentives include a bumper sticker ($10), pint glass ($25), frisbee ($45), t-shirt ($65), mug club membership ($150) and free credits for life ($5,000). For more on the project, check out their video:


· Arcadia National Bar [Kickstarter]
· All Kickstartin' Coverage [~EMAINE~]

Arcadia National Bar

24 Preble Street Extension, Portland, ME 04101