Cafe aims for whole family with arcade, beer and television

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Johnny B’s is rebranding itself as a family fun spot, with video games, pool, free wi-fi, snacks and karaoke. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes


Johnny B’s Family Fun Cafe
Location: 4925 River Road, Keizer
Phone: (503) 393-3927

Hours:
Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mon & Thu 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tue & Wed 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.


A local deli is rebranding itself as a family-friendly place to shoot pool, play video games, get snacks or surf the Web.

Johnny B’s at 4925 River Road N. may be most familiar as an outpost in Keizer’s burgeoning sign-holding district, with the young man wearing a jumbo-sized football helmet.

But the store has everything from new-ish golf and hunting games to beer and hot food like burgers and nachos to go alongside pretzels cold sandwiches. You can take beer with you or drink it on premises.

Johnny B’s is coming off a run as more of a nightspot, but still has a karaoke machine, a 70-inch projection screen and pool table. Very soon the store will have an arcade classics machine with some 60 old-school games like Pac Man.

“We’re trying to convert it to be more family friendly,” said Ron Wells, the store manager.

The facility will be carrying some football games, he added.

“You can come in as a family and have something to do,” Wells said. “I’ve had dads come in with their kids and watch the game while the kids play games.”

Wells hopes to have between 10 and 15 arcade games in the near future.

If you go, play special attention to the hours listed; they’re different almost every day.

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