By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 13, 2019 at 5:24 PM Photography: Matt Mueller

This article was updated on May 14, 2019 with additional information from Edward DeShazer.

It's time to get in your last few old school arcade games at 1983 Arcade Bar, 1110 N. Old World 3rd St.

The arcade will be closing its doors at the end of the Bucks' basketball season.

The reason? Owner Michael Sampson says he received and accepted an offer to purchase from Edward DeShazer.

DeShazer is president of Venture Fifth, a nascent company focused on investing in local restaurants and bars. The company is currently an investor in No. 720, Lost Whale and the Paella Police food truck. He is also the executive director of Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy, a school envisioned by his brother Rev. Joseph R. DeShazer and founded by his father Pastor James DeShazer.

"It was an offer I couldn’t refuse," he noted, quoting "The Godfather." "It was a dream of mine to open an arcade bar and we had a great run of 18 months, but I am excited to pass the reins to a good friend of mine that will bring a great business to our 3rd Street location."

Sampson says that, due to the bar's proximity to the Deer District, it will remain open until June 1, or later, depending on how far the Bucks can take their run.

"Please come support us and play some arcade classics and pinball one last time during the month of May," he noted. "Thank you Milwaukee for your amazing support and Go Bucks!"

For more information and full list of games, visit 1983mke.com.

New concept on the way

When we spoke with DeShazer about his intentions for the venue, he indicated that plans are to reopen it as a brand new bar concept. 

"Most of the bars on Old World Third Street cater to the sports crowd," DeShazer notes, "But there’s a demographic of people that aren’t well served by the current venues. So our goal is to bring a bit of diversity to the scene for folks who want something different before or after concerts and games."

DeShazer noted that he'll be working with an established hospitality group to bring the concept to fruition. Specific details are still being fully fleshed out, he  noted, but he did say that the new concept will include well-executed cocktail component similar to that found at local venues like Lost Whale.

DeShazer says he expects more information will be available in the next month or two. The goal, he says, is to open the venue no later than the second week of August.

Watch OnMilwaukee for additional details as they are available.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.