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The Memphis pinball pub opens in the Crosstown neighborhood

About the fun and games at the new Memphis pinball pub.

Flip Side opened March 25 at 1349 Autumn Ave. in the Crosstown neighborhood. It’s located at The Doghouzz Restaurant.

As soon as you walk in the front door, you know this is not your usual bar. The room was filled with the sounds and flashing lights of pinball machines.

This is the latest restaurant and bar from Tony and Stephanie Westmoreland of Tandem Restaurant Partners, which has restaurants such as Zinnie’s, Ben Yay’s and Side Car Cafe. The couple worked with pinball fans David Yopp and Michael Muhlert.

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Tony Westmoreland partners, from left, his wife Stephanie and David Yopp at their company Flip Side: Memphis ’first official pinball bar on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Great pinball

The Flip Side features 16 pinball machines, many of which are old machines that Yopp has restored.

“I was hooked on a pinball machine when I was 12. The first one I played was the Royal Flush – like this one here,” Yopp said, pointing to the 1976 Royal Flush pinball machine he had restored. “45 years later I’m still playing.”

The Flip Side: Memphis ’first official pinball bar on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Yopp said he owns 70 pinball machines. “We only have space for 16 here, so I’ll turn them around.”

The oldest machine was started in 1964. The newest was released a month ago.

At the top of each machine, Yopp listed the year it was made, the manufacturer, and the number of machines produced.

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