Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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GameTime goes beyond arcade

When the operators of GameTime in Ybor City were forced to close due to construction above them, they took the opportunity to renovate.

After closing their doors on Nov. 2 and exceeding a $1 million budget, they officially reopened on Feb. 19.

Now, there's a new restaurant and sports bar offering a more gourmet-style menu, updated party rooms, more than 120 games and simulators, Showdown and four lanes of mini bowling.

"Really what's different is the restaurant, it's one or two steps up," said CEO Mike Abecassis. "The bar has a small local feel now as well. We went from having 16 TVs to 68, so it's a great venue to watch sporting events and we have the pay-per-view fights."

Four of those televisions feature 75-inch screens and the new menu includes salads, sandwiches, pizza and pasta.

"Most people don't think about us as a restaurant place, but maybe that will change now," Abecassis said.

GameTime, at 1600 E Eight Ave., has been home for the past six years after Abecassis acquired the spot from Gameworks.

The remodel created a fresh environment to enjoy the same games (plus some additions) guests have always enjoyed including classics such as Skee-Ball, Sonic Air Hockey and Sonic Basketball as well as ride simulators and arcade favorites such as Pac-Man.

"The textures, feels and colors are far more comfortable now, I think," Abecassis said.

Visit gametimeplayers.com or call (813) 241-9675 to learn more about the family entertainment center.

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