News : Black Jack ditches bocce ball for a pinball-themed bar with no pinball : The Washington Post
Jeff Black is opening a restaurant called Tilt which incorporates back glasses from many of the popular pinball machines being played today. No pinball machines to be played are at the location.
Website : http://www.tiltdc.com/intro
Tilt and its is located at :
Black Jack, 1612 14th St. NW, 202-319-1612, Washington DC.
Restaurateur Jeff Black grew up on a street in Houston where a neighbor repaired vending machines for a living, including pinball machines, those oversized, pre-video-game toys for boys of a certain generation. The neighbor often stored the machines in his garage, which soon became Black’s home away from home.
“It was epic. I’d get up in the morning and ride my bike down to the end of the street,” says Black, imitating the sound of his rushing bike. “We’d play pinball for free. We weren’t supposed to but occasionally we’d sneak some of the snacks, because all the [vending] stuff was stored in the garage.”
All that early-morning flipper action left its mark on Black. At age 53, he’s still a pinball junkie. He has an AC/DC-branded machine in his house now, and he’s long harbored a desire to build a bar with pinball backglass as the surface.
More than 20 years after he opened his first restaurant in the D.C. area, Black will finally fulfill his pinball dreams: On Friday, he will open Tilt on 14th Street NW in the Black Jack room where folks used to play bocce ball and knock back Peroni. Built by Jeff Dangremond, owner of Atreus Worksin Kalamazoo, Mich., the Tilt bar top is not made of mahogany or marble or even zinc. It’s made of the backglass from various pinball machines: Attack from Mars, X-Men, Theatre of Magic, Playboy and, yes, even an AC/DC machine (though not Black’s).
Thanks to The Washington Post and Tim Carman for the article and pictures .