Bob Jacobson of Marshalltown considers himself a "gamer."
Fittingly, his business, Jake's Game Room, mirrors his hobby.
There are several billiard tables, a pingpong table, darts and more, all at 207 E. Main St.
T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY
Bob Jacobson of Marshalltown has his eye on the cue ball as he prepares to make a shot on one of the many billiard tables in his business, Jake’s Game Room.
A pool league is underway and Jacobson hopes a pingpong and dart leagues will follow.
"Pingpong is very popular in Marshalltown," he said. "Some nights the table is very busy. Folks stop by to play late at night or early in the morning."
More games like Foosball will be installed in the near future, he said.
And card games are encouraged.
"I'd like my place to resemble the former Beaner's on Main Street," he said. "Where people could sit around, play cards, have some drinks and fun."
He installed a large bar where customers can order one of several beers on tap, specialty beers and mixed drinks.
Jacobson said the building's owner plans to open a kitchen upstairs which will take orders from the three taverns which lease space in the building.
Jacobson opened the business July 16, after extensive cleaning and remodeling, including painting the floor.
The building's stone foundation, with beer signs and the billiard tables, makes for a relaxing ambiance.
He smiled when talking about previous businesses that formerly occupied the site.
"This basement was used as storage for a pickle business," he said. "And there were one or two stripper bars."
Other Marshalltonians will recognize the site as former home of the Cellars Restaurant.
Jacobson is well known to many Marshalltonians, as he and spouse Ruth were owners and operators of Iowa Lumber from 1999 to 2013.
They closed that business in mid-April.
Bob was looking for another business opportunity when the game room idea struck.
And he had another motive for opening. "I like meeting new people and making new friends," he said.
Jake's is open 9-midnight Monday-Thursday, 9-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 12-10 p.m. Sunday.