Downtown Schenectady to Welcome New Arcade & Restaurant


Downtown Schenectady to Welcome New Arcade & Restaurant

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A popular Downtown Schenectady restauranteur is ready to open a second (or third, depending on who you ask) location, and this time, she’s throwing it back!

To continue this story, let’s throw it back (don’t worry, it’ll be quick). Square One Cafe opened on Jay St in Downtown Schenectady as one of the more popular vegan eateries in the Capital Region. Then, due to an issue with management, it was forced to close. Then, not too long after, owner Chelsea Heilmann purchased a location around the corner, and Take Two Cafe was born. Now, she has her eye on another place, but don’t worry, Take Two Cafe isn’t going anywhere!

Heilmann will be keeping with her vegan cuisine, but this time, she’s adding an arcade. According to The Daily Gazette, she’s been seeing an uptick in food/ game locations across the country and is excited to bring that idea to Downtown Schenectady. Her new venture, aiming to open in May 2022, will be in the former location of the Clinton Street Mercantile on 148 Clinton Street, Schenectady.

Luckily, Clinton Street Mercantile recently renovated the location and left Heilmann with a mostly open space. The construction on a kitchen and some sound-dampening will start in a couple of weeks. So far, she has a few machines from the 1980s-1990s, including “NBA Jam,” “Area 51,” “X-Men” and the classic “Ms. Pac-Man” that she got from a member of the Capital Region Vegan Network.

The arcade won’t only be big arcade games, she’s also planning for foosball, ping pong, air hockey, Skee-ball, darts, corn hole, and more! The bar will also be child-friendly and offer some alcohol-free options. I don’t know about you, but this millennial is super pumped for this to be an option downtown!!

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It takes a lot for me to get excited about vegan food. Nothing against the life choice, the flavors just don’t usually excite me. That was until Square One Cafe and I’m sad to hear it’s closing.

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As I’ve mentioned in posts before, I’m not vegan but I love vegan food – I just can’t make it taste very good. I was so sad when I found out Square One Cafe closed but I’m happy it’s time for Take Two.

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