Hamtramck’s New Dodge Lounge Reopens With Arcade Games And Plans For Entertainment ‘Six Or Seven Days A Week’ | Drink News | Detroit

click to enlarge Hamtramck's new Dodge Lounge.  - Randiah Camille Green

Randiah Camille Green

Hamtramck’s new Dodge Lounge.

After some delay, Hamtramck’s long-standing New Dodge Lounge reopened this month under new management, with updates that include the addition of arcade games and entertainment plans most days of the week.

The bar changed hands earlier this year and is now run by the management team behind the Detroit Shipping Co. food hall. Management told earlier Metro times that they originally hoped to open in August, but now they say they are waiting for final approval from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, which was just granted last week.

The bar will now be open in the evenings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with plans for a grand reopening on Saturday, October 22. After that, it plans to run hours from happy hour to closing, “six or seven days a week,” co-owner Jonathan Hartzell tells WebMD. Metro times.

“We are already setting up our live music as we will be making music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights,” said CEO Erica Markoff. “Our goal is to do something fun every night of the week. So we’re doing a service industry night, we’re working on bringing karaoke together and a few other things like an open mic and things like that.”

They say they plan to book local artists for performances soon, and plan to make upgrades to the bar’s stage and sound system in the coming years.

In the meantime, the bar has had a “thorough” cleaning, including a new paint job. They also turned the open seating area at the back of the bar into an arcade with a handful of arcade games, as well as skee-ball and pinball.

Other changes include reupholstering some furniture and upgrading TVs. Hartzell says he was inspired to run a business in Hamtramck because his great-grandfather lived in Hamtramck, and he is putting vintage family portraits on the walls.

“We have a lot of family photos there that tell the story of Hamtramck’s transition over the past, you know, 120 years,” he says.

As a football fan, he also wants the bar to cater to fans of the Detroit City FC football club at nearby Keyworth Stadium. He says he’s in talks to host DCFC’s end-of-season party, as well as plans to host an exhibition featuring work from the team’s official photographer.

He says they plan to host other rotating visual artists on the walls as well, similar to what they do at Detroit Shipping Co.

There are also plans to upgrade the bar’s kitchen appliances, but in the meantime it has agreements with nearby Amicci’s Pizza and Yemen Cafe, which will supply the New Dodge Lounge.

“We would love a happy hour crowd, people hanging out, watching sports while playing video games, having a few drinks, and then diving into our music and other activities from 9am to closing,” he says. “There should be programming almost every night of the week, so you can come in here and get some experience.”

He says they plan to host music of all genres.

“We’re really starting to learn who the good bands are and who’s really worth having and booking,” he says. “But we’re open to anyone who applies and, you know, host the best Detroit has to offer for the next six months.”

The new Dodge Lounge is located at 8850 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck.

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