UPDATE: Bos Pinball Lounge has officially opened to the public as of January 3, 2019.
The retro pinball trend that's firing up Dallas keeps on rolling, and soon we'll have another place to play. A bar venue called Bos Pinball Lounge will open in October at 680 Beebalm Ln. in Garland, at the Firewheel Shopping Center.
The letters "BOS" are a winking abbreviation for "Balls of Steel." Owner Marcus Trevino, an avid pinball devotee, determined that initials would be a safer, possibly less offensive bet than a place called, you know, "balls."
"I nicknamed it 'Balls of Steel' as a lark, but I heard from a few folks who didn't like that name," he says.
He says it'll have an '80s retro vibe, and the format will be that you pay $10 to get in and then can use any machine you want. He'll have about 20-30 machines, including the newest models by pinball manufacturer Stern including Iron Maiden, Star Wars, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
He'll also do a menu of casual comfort foods, such as hot dogs, nachos, burritos, maybe ramen, and Frito pies. "I'll do bar food-type items that I don't have to grill or cook in big vat of oil," he says.
Trevino caught the pinball bug after moving to Atlanta where he bought a Freddy Krueger machine at an auction on a whim. Then he bought a Party Zone machine for $1,100. "This is the most I'll ever spend," he vowed. Then a Twilight Zone machine came along that he had to have, and that was $3,000. And so it went.
After moving back to Dallas, he sought out a pinball bar where he could hang out, but most were directed at kids. "I wanted a place targeted to adults where you could have a drink and play pinball," he says.
The space he's going into used to be a dance wear shop, and Firewheel may not be the first place you'd think of for a pinball bar. But Trevino did his homework.
"I spent some time researching who goes there," he says. "It's close to a movie theater and I watched as people came out after a movie and wanted to go somewhere. The only thing up there is a burger place, and I think this would do well. And Firewheel was very interested. They see it as a way to attract a different crowd."