People may be drawn to the arcade games at Dave & Buster’s, but quite a bit of the new store’s space is devoted to its restaurant and bar.
Inside 30,200-square-foot-space in the lower level of Hanes Mall is seating for 386 people — in a dining room, private event space, bar and sports lounge.
“Our business is pretty evenly split,” said general manager Dean Adams. “People may come for the games, but a lot of them will stay to eat and drink.”
Dave & Buster’s has one menu that it serves from the minute it opens until closing time. It’s full of All-American fare, offering something for almost everyone, with particular attention given to classic bar fare.
Appetizers include cantina nachos with a choice of Buffalo chicken or green-chile steak. At $12.99 and about 2,600 calories, it’s meant for sharing. Other items include pretzel pieces with mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni ($11.59); Buffalo wings (eight bone-in for $10.99 or boneless for $9.99); and a trio of dips (black-bean, guacamole and queso for $10.49).
Burgers include a triple bacon burger ($13.99), Buffalo wing burger ($12.99) and Impossible vegetarian burger ($13.99). All include fries. There are also smashed-bar burgers ($11.79) and chicken-and-waffle sliders ($12.49).
Other sandwiches include a Philly cheesesteak ($11.99) and crispy chicken sandwich ($10.99).
Diners can get a 12-ounce New York strip steak for $20.49 or a full rack of St. Louis-style ribs for $22.99. Pasta dishes include Tuscan chicken alfredo ($14.99) and “the ultimate” mac and cheese ($13.99). Customers can substitute zucchini noodles in any pasta dish for $1.99 extra.
Other entrees include grilled salmon ($16.99) and “classic goldfingers,” or chicken tenders ($12.99 with fries).
Dave & Buster’s has smoothies, slushies and milkshakes in addition to the usual sodas, juices and other nonalcoholic beverages.
Desserts include cheesecake dip ($8.99) and triple-layer chocolate cake ($6.99).
All menu items list calories.
The regular dining room is a mix of tables and booths. It is customized with some enlarged photos of Winston-Salem landmarks on one wall. The kitchen manager is Cedric Thomas.
Though the menu is standardized for Dave & Buster’s stores nationwide, Adams said that the store sometimes can accommodate special menu items for private parties. Its private dining room can hold 52 people, or be split into two rooms of 26 — each complete with large-screen TVs and audio-visual conferencing equipment.
Dave & Buster’s has about 40 large-screen TVs overall, mostly in the bar and sports lounge — the latter includes two 120-inch screens surrounded by a handful of smaller screens.
“We use 12 satellites, so we can show just about every game at the same time,” Adams said.
The full-service bar includes 12 beer taps. Those taps offer a few N.C. choices, including craft beers from Wicked Weed. The bar also carries whiskey from Old Nick Williams Distillery in Lewisville.
Specialty cocktails include the Henny’s strawberry nirvana, with Hennessy V.S. Cognac, passion-fruit, mango and orange blended liqueur, strawberry and mango purees, and house-made sweet-and-sour mix.
There’s also a “backwoods” blueberry lemonade with Tito’s vodka, blueberry puree, house-made sweet-and-sour with a sidecar of Firefly Strawberry Moonshine.
Adams also said that Dave & Buster’s offers some “eat and play” specials in which customers can buy a meal and number of game chips for a single discounted price. “It’s kind of like getting the value meal at McDonald’s,” he said.