Monday, March 28, 2016

Bit Bar Is Opening in Historic Salem Jail

A hybrid restaurant/arcade is opening within an historic jail on the North Shore that has been home to a couple of restaurants over the past several years.

The Salem News is reporting that Everett-based Boston Bit Labs is planning to open Bit Bar in the old Salem Jail complex on St. Peter Street, with the place including a restaurant featuring New American fare along with an arcade area that will have restored coin-operated arcade machines. An article from Eater Boston mentions (via a Facebook page from the upcoming place) that Bit Bar will also have a full-service bar featuring beer and spirits from local businesses and that the arcade will have a rotating selection of 30 (or more) arcade games and pinball tables that come from the period between the late 1970s and the early 2000s.

If all goes as planned, Bit Bar--which will be open for lunch and dinner and will have 21+ hours later at night--could be opening in June if all goes well.

The Salem jail, which dates back to the early 1800s, had been home to A&B Burgers until it left last summer (and has since moved to Beverly) as well as a dining spot called Great Escape.

The address for this new restaurant, bar, and arcade in Salem is: Bit Bar, 50 St. Peter Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

[June 13 update: Eater Boston states that Bit Bar is still aiming to open this month--possibly debuting around the end of June--and that it will feature an outdoor patio in addition to a main room and a smaller "cave-like" room.]

[June 20 update: According to a Facebook post from the place, Bit Bar has soft-opened (note--it will be closed on Tuesday, June 21).]

[June 24 update: A press release says that Bit Bar--which is being called Greater Boston's first bar arcade--officially opens today.]

[Related Article]
A&B Salem to Move to Beverly

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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