Hi Scores Bar-Arcade Opens Second Location on Blue Diamond Road
Want a reason to get out of the house? How about free play on an assortment of video games and pinball machines, more than 50 craft beers or a gastropub food menu? Hi Scores offers all of these amenities and now with a second location open at Blue Diamond Road is attracting a wide variety of clientele, from the gamer enthusiasts to the craft beer aficionados and basically anyone who appreciates great food.
The stand alone building at 4785 Blue Diamond just east of Decatur is located in the former space of Home Plate. The building was completely gutted and the transition has been anxiously awaited for several months. The building is hard to miss, with bright neon green and red paint on its exterior, which matches the original Henderson location.
As for the interior, there is a very creative décor and a mishmash of themes. On the arcade side is a more subdued smoke- and gambling-free environment with walls festooned with artwork of brightly colored video game characters, and a chalk board displaying the 32 tap choices and hanging lights built into beer kegs contributing to a beery theme. On the gaming side of the building one wall is covered with a vintage black and white photo of the Golden Nugget and Horseshoe in Downtown Vegas’s Fremont Street and a wraparound bar with real money video poker is framed by a bright red wall. Throughout both environments are large flat screen TVs tuned to sports programming and several Incredible Technologies games such as Golden Tee Gold and Silver Strike Bowling invented by Proprietor Richard Ditton, which in the arcade side are free to play. A third option is an outdoor patio area complete with more games and TVs.
According to Ditton, supporting local beer is a priority and the proof is in the tap handles. On opening day I found Tenaya Creek Bonanza Brown, Joseph James Citra Rye, Big Dog’s Lake Mead Monster and Crafthaus’s Black IPA and Quad. There are also some rare beers to be found, like the excellent sour beer—New Belgium The Lone Blackberry Felix.
The scratch kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Clarence Grice. The expansive menu is several steps above the average bar offerings. Case in point are Fig Bison Burger composed of 100% bison, fig jam, bacon and blue cheese; Braised Short Rib slow roasted and braised in red wine; and Chicken Satays marinated in a citrus blend served with a red pepper curry drizzle. Five pizzas are offered: BBQ Pork Chicken & Artichoke, Mega Meat, Spicy Salami and Cheese Head. Mahi Tacos come in an order of three and are stuffed full of seasoned and grilled mahi mahi, citrus mayo, cabbage and pico de gallo. Cheesy Artichoke Bake appetizer is a generous sharable portion made with spinach and three-cheese artichoke dip and comes with a mound of seasoned pita chips. Most items are priced between $8-$12, providing excellent quality at a reasonable price.
Hi Scores is filling a void for gamers, beer fans and food lovers, providing a fun and inviting hangout haven. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself returning night after night, which might not be a bad thing at all.
Hi Scores is open 24/7 on the gaming side and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on the arcade side.
PT’s Brewing Company’s Kitchen Providing an Upscale Menu
As promised in the last issue, here is my rundown of the new PT’s Brewing Company’s food menu, now open at 3101 N. Tenaya Way near Cheyenne and the 95 Freeway. The kitchen offers a menu completely different from the other PT’s locations and is the creation of Golden Entertainment Corporate Vice President of Food & Beverage Joe Romano, a CIA-Hyde Park graduate who trained with Charlie Palmer and was his first chef at Aureole. The menu is executed by Chef Kendrick Ganaway and everything is made in-house. I enjoyed the Ultimate Grilled Cheese, well named, as it was the best I’ve ever tried, made with cheddar, provolone, Monterey Jack, American, Parmesan and smoked bacon; spicy Calamari with jalapenos, citrus and spiced salsa; Greek Salad enhanced with cucumbers, pepperoncini and kalamata olives; and a healthier version Chili, which is a mix of half beef and chicken.
The décor was redesigned to give a rustic, yet contemporary feel with Edison lights, reclaimed wood, railroad ties, a wraparound outdoor patio, new hardwood flooring and modern touches like USB ports built into the tables and bar and 18 TVs situated throughout the space.
The tasting room pours 20 taps, including Brewmaster Dave Otto’s six house brews: Horizon Ale cream ale, Sahara Pale Ale, Sunset Wit brewed with grapefruit zest; Sean Patrick’s Irish Red, Boulder Stout on nitro and Hualapai IPA.
PT’s Brewing Company is open 24/7.