Playing games at Stone Soup

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Playing games at Stone Soup

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Playing games at Stone Soup

In recent years many eateries have started offering stacks of old school board games for patrons to play while drinking or waiting for their food. Some even have oversized versions of these games, such as 2X4 Jenga or Connect Four with plastic pieces as large as dinner plates. While these games address a common need—to keep the patron entertained—they present a variety of problems. 1.) They take too long to set up and get started. 2.) Their pieces are often missing or sticky. 3.) They are boring.

Some restaurants now offer flat screen televisions in each booth to address the same issue of keeping patrons entertained. Stone Soup Co in Ybor was the first eatery I’ve visited that combines these two entertainment medians: gaming and television. While my buddy and I waited for our food, the waitress brought us a joystick with a USB cable that plugged directly into the flat screen, turning the television into an 80s arcade. Soon we were engaged in a tournament that tested our skills at PAC-MAN, Centipede, and Space Invader. When the food arrived, we almost didn’t want to put down the controller, at least until we bit into the Stone Soup’s Cuban.

Stone Soup Company. 1517 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, FL, 33605. Mon - Thur: 10am - 9pm. Fri - Sat: 10am - 11pm.

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