Pinball expansion approved for gay arcade bar “Project 22″

Pinball machines at Free Gold Watch in the Upper Haight (photo: Christopher Berry/flickr)
Pinball machines at Free Gold Watch in the Upper Haight (photo: Christopher Berry/flickr)

We reported a few weeks back that the Castro was getting a gay arcade bar currently code named “Project 22″ to be located at the groundfloor of the new Century build at 15th and Market.

The plan was to have it filled with arcade machines from Pac Man to pinball and serve beer and mocktails. Due to an old SF Police Department code, however, the amount of “mechanical amusement devices” allowed for the square footage of “Project 22″ was limited to 10. The new bar’s owner was hoping to get at least twice that many in. The police code restricting the machines was meant to crack down on arcade game addicts who were stirring up trouble in the 80′s, according to SF Examiner.

Supervisor Scott Wiener and Supervisor London Breed have been working to lift this old restriction now that the threat of rioting arcade gamers has disappeared with the move of gaming to mobile devices and home consoles. London Breed has a business in her district that is thriving because of the addition of 34 pinball machines, but is only allowed to have 6 according to the code and is therefore in violation.

Supervisor Scott Wiener announced on his Twitter account today that the Board of Supervisors passed the legislation he and Breed put forth, “making SF safe for arcade games.”

The upcoming bar “Project 22″ is now free to add as many arcade games as they see fit. Expect the new gay arcade bar to open late this summer.

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about politics, camping, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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  2. AG says:

    I think this brings up a really good question: Does Scott Wiener care more about The Castro or Video Games?

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    • rblack says:

      He is clearly in the pocket of the rich elitist arcade game industry. He cares nothing for those of us with only Candy Crush and Farmville (is that still a thing?).

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  3. Woody says:

    What, no Mexican restaurant?

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    • Mitch Mansfield says:

      Back in the day having a supervisor help a gay business was also considered helping out the citizens. My how we have changed. Some might say we are now eating our young. No rational explanation for the activity at all. Just crazy behavior. You go uppity fag. It is a brave new world.

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    • rblack says:

      Cant really add anything to what Mitch has said. A local supervisor helped get rid of a ridiculous and antiquated law to help a local (yes local) business owner who wants to reinvest in his neighborhood – clutch the peals and get the smelling salts.

      You’re irrational Wiener hatred is becoming laughable.

      Rather than spew nonsense, give us some factual examples to back up your claims (Im still unclear what your claims are other than you hate Scott Wiener).

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    • Mitch Mansfield says:

      Don’t you get it? People give candidates money. People expect things in return. That is how it happens in the real world. Sometimes you give money to the wrong candidate and then you are SOL. That is never going to change. And your complaining about Scott’s lack of involvement in housing issues makes it sound like he is the only person in town who can do anything about it. Or did Scott say that housing is far less important than arcade games?

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    • rblack says:

      He is one of three supervisors on the Land Use and Economic Develop Committee (Supes Kim and Cohen being the other two) which covers the following issues:

      The Land Use & Economic Development Committee shall be referred measures related to housing, land use, zoning, planning, rent control, transportation (except traffic control), the Municipal Railway, homelessness and the environment.

      Can you refer us to any legislation sponsored by, or supported by Sup Wiener that is counter to your beliefs and explain to us why?

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    • Mitch Mansfield says:

      And the plans for the “new Castro and Upper Market” look were drawn up during Bevan Dufty’s stint on the board. Scott had nothing to do with it. But keep blaming him because it obviously makes you feel better making things up.

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    • Mitch Mansfield says:

      I have never said I am a supporter of Scott Wiener. What motivated me to repy was the fact that you were making things up. In your mind Scott has WAY too much power yet he is simply a supervisor in a very crazy mixed up city. But if it makes you feel better making him the bad guy, go right ahead. I want that you should be happy.

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  1. April 27, 2014

    […] Update: At the Supes’ meeting, the proposed change got provisional approval. [Castro Biscuit] […]

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