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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Apr. 12, 202203:00 PM EST

Dave & Buster’s buying Main Event in $835 million deal

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Both entertainment chains operate a venue in Jacksonville.
by: Mark Basch Contributing Writer

Two companies operating entertainment and dining venues on Jacksonville’s Southside are merging.

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. announced April 6 it will buy Main Event Entertainment Inc. from Ardent Leisure Group Ltd. and RedBird Capital Partners for $835 million.

Coppell, Texas-based Dave & Buster’s operates 145 venues in North America, including one that opened at 7025 Salisbury Road in Jacksonville in 1999.

Dallas-based Main Event operates 50 centers, including one that opened in 2017 at the former site of Latitude 360 at 10370 Philips Highway.

The companies did not say if any changes will be made after the merger.

A Main Event spokesman said the companies would not comment beyond the news releases at this time.

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