Since its arrival in arcades three decades ago, Pac-Man has inspired more than 30 video-game spinoffs, cereal, a short-lived Saturday morning cartoon and even a hit song (1982's "Pac-Man Fever"). And come January, you can add a restaurant to the list.
The Chicago Tribune reports Namco Entertainment is opening a 40,000-square-foot restaurant, cleverly named Level 257 after the game's final kill screen, in a former Sears warehouse at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, northeast of Chicago.
Guests won't be eating dots, cherries and strawberries, either: According to Level 257's blog, the 180-seat restaurant is high-end, with "a wide selection of craft beers, sommelier-curated drinks, specially-selected wines and cocktails." There are also bowling lanes, table tennis, pinball machine and parlor with a mix of classic and new arcade games.
In addition, there will be a first-of-its-kind Pac-Man retail shop, where I can only hope brave visitors can buy 30-year-old Pac-Man cereal.
No official opening date has been announced, only the promise of "Noming Soon," in time for Pac-Man's 35th anniversary.