Game over, man. Insert Coin(s), Fremont East’s popular “Videolounge Gamebar,” has closed, confirms owner Christopher LaPorte. “Last night was our last night,” he said via text message, adding that he’ll release a full statement over the weekend.
“In the meantime,” he wrote, “(I had) 4.5 years of always doing it my way. Not mad at that.”
UPDATE, 7:06 PM: The closure is only temporary, LaPorte says. Here’s his official statement:
Due to a rapidly changing DTLV business environment, INSERT COIN(S) will be temporarily closing its doors. We are immensely proud of our four-and-a-half years being a landmark for Downtown Las Vegas, and of our numerous philanthropic contributions made to the Vegas community at large. Being a part of the transformation of Downtown Vegas and enduring the highs and lows of these changes, we thank you for allowing us to present the INSERT COIN(S) brand as the unique combination of videogame and nightlife entertainment that we never lost belief in. Unfortunately, that commitment to the brand and the DTLV economic environment have resulted in financial challenges over the past year that we cannot currently sustain. We will continue to work to bring back to the community the INSERT COIN(S) brand that you loved and we thank you again for your patronage and support as your favorite videogame and music venue.
Here’s hoping that Insert Coin(s) plays that extra life sooner than later.