Renovations are moving ahead at Patchogue’s forthcoming throwback gaming hang out: Pinball Long Island.
Contractors are transforming 44 W. Main St. into a recreation room for about 100 vintage, collectable and modern pinball machines, owner Joshua Guskin confirmed. While he was hoping for a fall opening, he said the retro arcade should be ready to open in the coming months.
While construction is underway, Guskin is antsy to get in and setup his pinball machines. He compares his current situation to Tom Petty’s “The Waiting is the Hardest Part,” and the classic “When will then be now?” scene from “Spaceballs.”
“I just want to get in there and do what I have to do, and it pains me so much,” he said. “But I want it to be done right.”
The pinball machine fanatic spent nearly two decades collecting, restoring and reselling classic and modern machines. While he is concealing the identity of the game machines that he will unveil in Patchogue, he teased that it will be an array of machines based on beloved movies and bands, as well as those games he deems absolute essentials.
“If you went into a diner and they didn’t have a cheeseburger and fries, you’d be like ‘What kind of diner is this?'” he said. “Certain titles I have to have, at least in my opinion, based on the past and the present. When people see it, their jaws are going to hit the ground.”