Score drinks, dining and digital ventures at McKinney grill Arcade 92

Michael Lepsch is the owner of Arcade 92 in McKinney. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Michael Lepsch is the owner of Arcade 92 in McKinney. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

Michael Lepsch is the owner of Arcade 92 in McKinney. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

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A wide array of classic cabinet video games are available for play at Arcade 92. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Pinball machines are included among entertainment options at Arcade 92. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Arcade 92 features a full-service bar, where adult gamers can take beer and cocktails with them to games. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Southwest brisket nachos are among many dining options at Arcade 92. (Courtesy Arcade92)
Michael Lepsch turned his lifelong passion for video games into a practical McKinney museum of the industry’s history.

Arcade 92 culminates the business owner’s obsession into an interactive gathering spot. While the arcade-bar-restaurant combination is tailor-made for adults, the venue has hosted gamers of all ages since opening on Black Friday of 2019.

“Every decision made is circled around somebody who was a young adult or a kid in the 90s,” Lepsch said. “But we do want it to be a multigenerational experience.”

At Arcade 92, Lepsch said games are chronologically placed according to the generations in which they were released. The business owner said he hopes parents have the freedom to enjoy classic cabinet games near the arcade entrance, like “Galaga” and “Pac-Man,” with a beer or cocktail in hand.

Meanwhile, kids on the other side of the arcade can hop on consoles, such as a Nintendo Switch, to enjoy more modern games like “Fortnite” and “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.”


“The layout is very intentionally designed,” Lepsch said.

McKinney and Frisco were the top two markets where Lepsch said he wanted to open Arcade 92. He ultimately chose McKinney due to its iconic, historic downtown district.

“There is definitely a culture on the McKinney square that is often attempted to be replicated by other cities, and they just can’t do it,” Lepsch said. “The whole square is just a magnet for foot traffic.”

Since opening, Arcade 92 debuted a dining menu to abide by state requirements for liquor licenses, which features eats like nachos, sandwiches and pizza.

Moreover, the venue has held tournaments for several genres of gaming, alongside other enthusiast events.

Looking beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, Lepsch said he hopes to expand upon special events once again, and hopes to continue operating a successful, community-driven business.

“The community aspect is the biggest aspect I’m so excited to get back to again,” Lepsch said. “Our mission is to remind adults that it’s time to play again.”

Arcade 92

305 E. Virginia St.

214-455-6159

www.arcade92.com

Hours: Monday - Thursday: 3 - 11 p.m., Friday: 3 p.m. - 1 a.m., Saturday: 11 - 1 a.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.