By Bob Uphues
The world's largest video game arcade looks like it's about to get even bigger.
Doc Mack, the owner of Galloping Ghost Arcade at 9415-27 Ogden Ave., confirmed recently that he is in talks with property owner Steven Campbell to take over the ground-floor commercial space just east of the arcade at 9409 Ogden Ave.
That space for decades has been the home of Canton Restaurant. But the restaurant's owner has retired and the restaurant ceased operating on Aug. 31, according to Campbell who owns the building as well as the commercial spaces occupied by Galloping Ghost Arcade.
"Yes, that is the next expansion," said Mack in a text message responding to an inquiry from the Landmark about the possibility of taking over the Canton Restaurant space.
Mack said he wasn't sure how many more arcade games the ground-floor space at 9409 Ogden Ave. could accommodate, but Campbell estimated potentially 80 or more.
The existing arcade which has expanded from its original 2010 location into three other storefronts to the west, now houses more than 730 vintage and contemporary arcade games.
Galloping Ghost draws tens of thousands of people from across the globe to Ogden Avenue annually, making it the second most visited tourist attraction in the village, second only to Brookfield Zoo.
Campbell has owned the property at 9409 Ogden Ave. since 1986, and the restaurant was already operating there when he bought it. The restaurant has had three or four owners since that time, he said.
According to Campbell, the plan is to connect the arcade to the restaurant space by putting an opening in the walls between the two properties, something he's done as the arcade expanded to the west.
"I have to figure that out before I go to the village [with plans]," said Campbell, who said the two storefronts have been connected internally at various times in the past.
If the plan works out, it would be just the latest expansion of Galloping Ghost's foot print on Ogden Avenue.
In addition to the arcade, there are several other Galloping Ghost ventures on Ogden Avenue between Maple and Deyo avenues, including Galloping Ghost Gym and Martial Arts, 9201 Ogden Ave.; Galloping Ghost Pinball Arcade, 9211 Ogden Ave.; Galloping Ghost Productions, 9221 Ogden Ave.; Galloping Ghost Reproductions Art and Design, 9403 Ogden Ave.; and Galloping Ghost Garage, 9428 Ogden Ave.