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Zade’s Lounge bringing cocktails, retro arcade games, karaoke to downtown Naperville

Whether you’re craving pizza, a cocktail, karaoke or a game of Pac-Man, Zade’s Lounge has you covered.

Recently opened in downtown Naperville, restaurateur Scott Harris’ latest venture is a combination gastropub and cocktail lounge named after his godson.

Zade’s Lounge currently offers free retro video games and live band karaoke on Sunday nights and could eventually host live music and entertainment any night of the week. That’s the vision Harris has in mind for the vibrant neighborhood of Naperville.

“Once we start the bands and have something every night, I think it’s going to be amazing,” Harris said. “It’s something we’ve had in mind for quite a while. It’s such a great area for a place like this. It’s a wonderful city.”

Zade’s is located at 22 East Chicago Ave. on the site of the former Bar Louie. It is directly across from Fat Rosie’s Taco and Tequila Bar, another of Harris’ Naperville ventures.

Harris said Zade got off to a rough start when they had to shut down servers for about a week due to a COVID-19 outbreak. But they’ve been making progress since reopening on January 10th.

In addition to pizza (Lolli-Pie-Loo-Za’s), the menu offers appetizers (groupies), burgers, desserts, a kids’ menu, and more. For those not interested in the wide range of beers, there are cocktails like We Built This Suburb on Rock and Roll and Death Metal in the Daytime.

While the emphasis is on music, the space doubles as a sports bar, with flat screens surrounding the bar. Harris is open to various concepts – game nights, blues nights, etc. – to keep the clientele happy.

“We have a little mix of everything, but there’s a sophistication,” Harris said. “It feels great. It turned out really well.”

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