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Bones Arcade

Bones Arcade has a variety of electronic games as well as pinball and pool tables.

Bones Arcade, the Billings night club with a reputation for rough-and-tumble night life, closed Thursday as owners brought in new management. 

Crews will work through the weekend to change signage and remodel the interior. It will reopen at 3 p.m. on Monday as Plaza Arcade Bar & Grill. 

"We want to make it a better place for the community," said Dallas Sluder, the general manager. "We want to get back in Billings' good graces."

Bones, at 1425 Broadwater Ave., has had a violent past. Last November, a man was shot after a fight broke out in the night club. 

Three months earlier, in August 2017, a man was arrested in the parking lot after an off-duty police officer saw him pull a gun during a fight.

In November 2016, a Billings man was charged with firing a gun during a fight in the parking lot. A bouncer at the bar had broken up a fight earlier in the night, and one man returned 30 minutes later with his brother and a gun. A fight erupted with the bouncer after he refused to let the men back in the bar. During that fight, the suspect fired a shot that hit a nearby car.

In July 2016, two men were stabbed outside Bones during a melee that involved as many as 50 people.

"We trusted the wrong management," Sluder said. "Had the wrong staff."

As a result, owners dismissed the old management team and nine staffers. Sluder, as the new general manager, has hired a staff of 25 employees with the goal of being more customer-focused and providing better service. 

As Plaza Arcade, the focus will be more on fun, sports and entertainment. Kids will still be welcome to play the arcade games, and the establishment will have a more family friendly vibe, Sluder said. 

Owners have brought in a new kitchen and a new menu that will focus on fresh foods and fun dishes. When Plaza Arcade opens Monday, it'll be the only place in town that serves a PB&J burger, Sluder said.

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Business Reporter for the Billings Gazette.