Mr. Pixel's Classic Arcade offers extensive gaming collection in Cy-Fair

Joe Grisaffi and Olegario Gorostieta opened Mr. Pixel’s Classic Arcade in 2019. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Joe Grisaffi and Olegario Gorostieta opened Mr. Pixel’s Classic Arcade in 2019. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

Joe Grisaffi and Olegario Gorostieta opened Mr. Pixel’s Classic Arcade in 2019. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Mr. Pixel’s is home to dozens of classic arcade games. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
Classic fighting games are available at the arcade. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
With dozens of classic arcade games collected between the two of them, Cy-Fair residents Joe Grisaffi and Olegario Gorostieta decided to share their love of the hobby with their neighbors by opening Mr. Pixel’s Classic Arcade in 2019.

Grisaffi said the arcade business has been “dead” for decades, as he recalls walking into bars in the late 1980s to ask owners how much they would charge for their arcade games and walking out with free games.

But these longtime friends thought about taking the risk for a while and ultimately decided it was one worth taking.

Mr. Pixel’s is home to more than 40 pinball machines and classic video games such as “Donkey Kong,” “Asteroids,” “Ms. Pac-Man,” “California Speed,” “Big Buck Hunter” and “NBA Jam,” among others. Between the 1980s and 1990s selections that are constantly being rotated, the lineup of driving, shooting and fighting games offers something for everyone, owners said.

“In the immediate area, I don’t think there’s anything like us,” Grisaffi said. “As far as the business goes, I think one thing that’s great about what we offer is you can have a budget, and you can stick to that budget.”


At Mr. Pixel’s, individuals pay a $10 admission fee for unlimited play on weekends, and Thursday admission is half price. The venue is available for private events during the week.

Grisaffi said even after closing for about two months during the COVID-19 pandemic, local gamers were eager to return to extended operating hours upon reopening. The nature of the business brings out competitiveness in its patrons and keeps them coming back for more, Gorostieta said.

“Newer games have the wow factor as far as the graphics, and they’re nice to look at,” he said. “But with the older games, it takes a little bit more skill. So you can really develop your skills on that game and then obviously at that point, you’re challenging yourself to get a higher score.”

Operating Mr. Pixel’s is a side job for both Grisaffi and Gorostieta, who work in the film and insurance industries, respectively. They said they would love for it to become their full-time work one day, and they plan to expand the business to bring in more games from their personal collections.

“One of the things that I really like is when parents bring in their kids who don’t even know what an arcade is, but yet when it’s time to go, they practically have to drag them out,” Gorostieta said.

Mr. Pixel's Classic Arcade, 9110 Jones Road, Ste. 135, Houston. www.facebook.com/mr.pixelsclassicarcade
By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


MOST RECENT

Harris County residents line up outside of Big Stone Lodge in Spring to cast their votes early. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County early voter turnout on track to surpass total votes cast in 2016 election

All 122 early voting sites throughout Harris County will be open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 27-29, giving voters an additional three hours to head to the polls.

A Cy-Fair ISD employee distributes meals via curbside pickup for district students during the summer. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Cy-Fair ISD reports 66 COVID-19 cases among students, staff Oct. 19-25

Cy-Fair ISD officials reported the highest number of new weekly cases since the start of the school year.

Inspired by Nashville hot chicken, the new restaurant will offer chicken tender bites, jumbo chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches and bone-in chicken with five heat level options, from "Wimpy" to "Cluckin' Hot." (Courtesy Tumble 22)
Tumble 22 to bring Nashville hot chicken to Vintage Park

Inspired by Nashville hot chicken, the new restaurant will offer chicken tender bites, jumbo chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches and bone-in chicken with five heat level options, from "Wimpy" to "Cluckin' Hot."

As the Army Corps of Engineers continues to study flood mitigation options for the Buffalo Bayou, Addicks Reservoir and Barker Reservoir watersheds, officials with the Katy Prairie Conservancy said they and a coalition of other stakeholders are urging the Corps to reassess its early findings. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Katy Prairie officials call on Army Corps to rethink flooding concepts in western Harris County

As the Army Corps of Engineers continues to study flood mitigation options for the Buffalo Bayou, Addicks Reservoir and Barker Reservoir watersheds, officials with the Katy Prairie Conservancy said they and a coalition of other stakeholders are urging the Corps to reassess its early findings.

Magnolia's First Baptist Church will host its annual pumpkin patch, featuring food and other activities, such as hay rides, "punkin' chunkin'" and photo opportunities. (Courtesy Magnolia's First Baptist Church)
Fall fun: 8 pumpkin patches to visit in North Houston

From photo opportunities to hayrides, here are a few places to put on your list this fall.

(Courtesy NewQuest Properties)
Shogun Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar opens in Spring and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

Voters line up outside Juergen's Hall Community Center in Cypress on Oct. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early-voting sites in Cy-Fair see high turnout ahead of Nov. 3 election

During the first 10 days of early voting ahead of the Nov. 3 general election, nearly 124,000 Harris County residents cast their ballots at polling locations in the Cy-Fair area.

Harris County continues to report more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cy-Fair area. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
387 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Cy-Fair from Oct. 19-23

Active cases locally have increased by 9% since Oct. 19, according to data from Harris County Public Health.

An election official directs a car to a spot at the Humble Civic Center's drive-thru voting location. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Supreme Court rules Harris County drive-thru, curbside voting can continue

More than 98,000 ballots cast at drive-thru polling sites across Harris County will be counted in the Nov. 3 election.

Cypress Mobile Massage opened in September. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Cypress resident opens mobile massage business

Cypress Mobile Massage opened last month.

An election official directs a car to a spot at the Humble Civic Center's drive-thru voting location. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Drive-thru voting in Harris County becomes popular and more top Houston-area news

Read top stories from the past week from the Houston area.