NAMCO Creates New Dining & Entertainment Concept Slated to Open in 2015

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From the company that created PAC-MAN comes a new paradigm for food and fun, opening in early 2015.

We're very excited to bring our new vision of out-of-home entertainment to Schaumburg with over 40,000 square feet of dining and leisure.

NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC., based in Wood Dale, IL, and part of the company that created the world's most recognized game character - PAC-MAN™ - has announced it will open an up-scale restaurant and entertainment venue called Level 257 ®, designed to create a seriously fun social experience.

The President and CEO of Namco Entertainment, Mr. Hitoshi Yoshida, offered, "We're very excited to bring our new vision of out-of-home entertainment to Schaumburg with over 40,000 square feet of dining and leisure."

Within the venue, the central restaurant will specialize in "fresh and innovative dishes prepared by chefs, all carefully curated for the local market and paired with great drinks."

It was also announced that the venue will feature stylish cocktail lounges, an exciting modern twist on the classic game parlor, 16 boutique bowling lanes - the only lanes in Schaumburg - and entertainment spaces that include an over 300 person multi-purpose banquet and event suite, as well as state-of-the-art presentation rooms.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the concept is the inspiration provided by Namco's lauded video game character. Yoshida shared, "PAC-MAN™ has reminded all of us of the importance of play for over three decades, and Level 257® will explore PAC-MAN™ as a global pop-culture icon in new and creative ways, reinforcing the importance of fun in all of our lives. Our guests can indulge in what they love now - fantastic food and drinks - while the venue allows everyone to engage in the art of play in a distinctive environment."

Namco's hugely popular creation, named history's "Most Recognizable Video Game Character" in 2010 and recently celebrated within numerous exhibitions at well-known museums and research institutions nationwide, will have his own art gallery space and a first-of-its-kind PAC-MAN™ retail shop.

Further details on the project are expected in the near future but there is already a website available at http://www.level257.com allowing guests to sign up for news.

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NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. is a member company of the global games and entertainment powerhouse BANDAI NAMCO Group, crafting exceptional entertainment for over 60 years.

Level 257®, PAC-MAN™ & ©BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc.

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