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Galloping Ghost Arcade looks to expand, again

Owner eyes former Canton Restaurant space on Ogden Ave.

September 17th, 2019 12:45 PM

With more than 730 arcade games, Galloping Ghost is the world's largest video arcade, and after it expands east into the former Canton Restaurant space, the business, which stretches all the way to Deyo Avenue, will have room for close to 900 games. (Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer)

By Bob Uphues

Editor

The world's largest video game arcade looks like it's about to get even bigger.

Doc Mack, the owner of Galloping Ghost Arcade at 9415-27 Ogden Ave., confirmed recently that he is in talks with property owner Steven Campbell to take over the ground-floor commercial space just east of the arcade at 9409 Ogden Ave.

That space for decades has been the home of Canton Restaurant. But the restaurant's owner has retired and the restaurant ceased operating on Aug. 31, according to Campbell who owns the building as well as the commercial spaces occupied by Galloping Ghost Arcade.

"Yes, that is the next expansion," said Mack in a text message responding to an inquiry from the Landmark about the possibility of taking over the Canton Restaurant space.

Mack said he wasn't sure how many more arcade games the ground-floor space at 9409 Ogden Ave. could accommodate, but Campbell estimated potentially 80 or more. 

The existing arcade which has expanded from its original 2010 location into three other storefronts to the west, now houses more than 730 vintage and contemporary arcade games. 

Galloping Ghost draws tens of thousands of people from across the globe to Ogden Avenue annually, making it the second most visited tourist attraction in the village, second only to Brookfield Zoo.

Campbell has owned the property at 9409 Ogden Ave. since 1986, and the restaurant was already operating there when he bought it. The restaurant has had three or four owners since that time, he said.

According to Campbell, the plan is to connect the arcade to the restaurant space by putting an opening in the walls between the two properties, something he's done as the arcade expanded to the west.

"I have to figure that out before I go to the village [with plans]," said Campbell, who said the two storefronts have been connected internally at various times in the past.

If the plan works out, it would be just the latest expansion of Galloping Ghost's foot print on Ogden Avenue.

In addition to the arcade, there are several other Galloping Ghost ventures on Ogden Avenue between Maple and Deyo avenues, including Galloping Ghost Gym and Martial Arts, 9201 Ogden Ave.; Galloping Ghost Pinball Arcade, 9211 Ogden Ave.; Galloping Ghost Productions, 9221 Ogden Ave.; Galloping Ghost Reproductions Art and Design, 9403 Ogden Ave.; and Galloping Ghost Garage, 9428 Ogden Ave.

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  • Joe Bellows (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: September 23rd, 2019 7:08 PM

    Its not just an issue of parking.. Its also an issue of the trash (beercans/fastfood) from their patrons. Cars idling/alarming at 2am. and increased commercial traffic on my residential street. I have lived near bars that were not this bad. I know everyone thinks its great to have this in our community, but not once has the arcade even participated in our annual block parties. While they IMPACT this community.. they do not seem a part of it..

  • Elmer Perkins (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: September 22nd, 2019 9:59 AM

    The owner of all these properties, Steve Campbell, can well afford to build a parking area, if he wanted to. No reason for the tax payers of Brookfield to bail out a millionaire landlord. Brookfield is broke anyway.

  • Anthony Frank from Cicero (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: September 22nd, 2019 7:38 AM

    Galloping ghost arcade and all of the other enterprises are fantastic. While other communities are bringing Jamie cafés and other nuisances galloping ghost and Brookfield are working together to bring in family friendly Entertainment that also positively impacts the surrounding businesses. I say Brookfield should build him a parking lot

  • Anad-elad Relie (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: September 20th, 2019 10:41 AM

    How about the neighborhood showing some appreciation of economic growth Doc has given too your area instead of whining about parking?

  • Joe Bellows (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: September 20th, 2019 9:25 AM

    Who let the largest arcade in the western hemisphere open with only 3 parking places? The residents were not considered.

  • Joe Duider (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: September 19th, 2019 10:01 AM

    Neighbors want parking relief, heck so do the customers!

  • Jeff Ammons (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: September 17th, 2019 5:40 PM

    The Ghost is Galloping his way towards total domination of Ogden Ave.

  • Joe Bellows from Brookfield (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: September 17th, 2019 4:05 PM

    With all of the places on Odgen getting bought up by the galloping ghost, How about Galloping Ghost Parking next??? . The neighbors could use the parking relief.

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