Opening a new themed bar and pizza restaurant can be quite an adventure. Uncovering a secret Easter egg can upgrade it to the Atari 2600 video game classic Adventure.
The crew working on the new Regeneration Arcade Bar and Pizzeria on Dallas Parkway just north of Addison uncovered a floor safe in the building that's been untouched for some time. Owner Travis Hintzel posted a photo of the mysterious safe on his social media channels, and followers have reached out to help the team open it.
"It's just been sitting there," Hintzel says. "It's fun to speculate what's inside there."
The floor safe is in a kitchen area in a space that has been empty for four years since the closing of a Double Dave's Pizza franchise. Hintzel says work crews were moving some shelving when they discovered a strange covering on the floor.
They tried removing the cover, but it was glued to the ground, "so no one has ever moved it," Hintzel says.
The crew eventually pried the cover off the ground and found a buried floor safe with a combination lock that no one had any idea how to open. Hintzel says no one knew about it, not even the landlord he rented the building from.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the Observer's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Dallas's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Hintzel says his crew is still working on the space and doesn't have a planned opening date. He is still trying to obtain a certificate of occupancy but they is getting closer to the arcade's grand opening now that it's got some classic machines moved onto the floor and an electric permit in place.
Hintzel posted a photo of the safe on his arcade's Facebook page, and several followers have offered to open the safe. One connected him to a locksmith.
Hintzel says it could be completely empty, or it could hold the information that explains the existence of all life on the earth. Either way, it'll be cool to see what's inside.
"If there's anything of value in there, someone would have claimed it — but you never know," he says. "There could be the golden keys to the city in there."