Business owner Fred Richardson has recently opened a new restaurant in Five Points, complete with a pinball lounge.

In addition to a full menu featuring shrimp tacos, low country egg rolls, and buffalo wings, he will be offering more unique items such as Bao buns, pork gyosa dumplings, and samosas.

Bang Back is the first location Richardson has opened in South Carolina. “I’ve opened pinball lounges in Denver, Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis and Chicago,” he said.

Richardson will not be holding an official grand opening for Bang Back until the pandemic poses less of a threat to the public. His employees currently wear surgical masks and gloves, and many of the food items are prepared on disposable dishes.“Orders are placed through a funky fresh food truck inside the restaurant to speed up service and ensure the fewest number of people come in contact with your food,” he explained.

Bang Back had a “surprise” opening June 19 as a way to gradually introduce residents to the concept of combining a restaurant with a pinball lounge. The restaurant currently has 16 pinball machines, with another four on the way. With names like Iron Maiden, Jurassic Park, and World Cup Soccer, they are intended to appeal to a variety of interests.

Richardson will also be offering something special to young pinball players. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, classes will be offered to “little flippers,” children 14 and under. They will be given tips on how to successfully play pinball, and see how the games work by partially disassembling some machines to learn what goes on when pinball is in play.

Richardson intends to open for regular hours next week. Bang Back will be open 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Bang Back is located at 6741 Saluda St., in the former Delaney's location.

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