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Freedom Crossing welcomes Gaming Lounge, Veteran-owned pub as new tenants

A new gaming lounge as well as a veteran-owned Irish pub are the two newest additions to the post’s growing roster of tenants at Freedom Crossing.

According to mall officials, PLAYlive Nation and Happy’s Irish Pub have set up shop at the mall, and are just about ready for business.

Set to open June 8th is PLAYlive Nation, a gaming lounge featuring a premium gaming experience. The lounge also offers a wide selection of video games, collectible card games like Magic The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh, as well as classic tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons and more.

“Once in the lounge, guests can choose to sit at any one of the luxurious reclining gaming stations powered by Xbox One gaming systems or sit at one of the powerful gaming PC rigs on site,” officials shared via a news release.

“PLAYlive Nation also caters to card and board game enthusiasts with events happening regularly plus a selection of cards, dice, and related merchandise for tabletop players.”

Visitors can take advantage of the All Day Passes and play until store close. Membership options are available for frequent visitors which offers discounted Game Time rates, Play Free time slots, and discounts on most items in the store.

Also set to open is Happy’s Irish Pub, the second location for the Louisiana-based Geaux Culinary, LLC in Partnership with Chad Hughes, venture.

While the original Happy’s sits in downtown Baton Rouge, as it has for nearly 15 years, Happy’s Fort Bliss location is the first combat veteran owned restaurant & pub to open on post.

Pub officials share that it was brought to the Texas army base to serve soldiers, military families and to engage the installation along with the greater Fort Bliss community.

“Happy’s heavily employs veteran’s, their spouses and dependents at our military locations and gives veterans the opportunity for ownership…our motto of, ‘whom better to serve us than us?’ is not a tag line, it is truly who we are.”

The cuisine at Happy’s Fort Bliss can be described as New American with Irish inspired spin-offs. The menu, designed by Army Veteran and White House Chef, Andre Rush includes dishes such as shepherd’s pie, fish & chips and burgers. Crafted cocktails and select beers from around the world are also featured on their menu.

For more information about Freedom Crossing, visit the mall’s website; for civilian rules and regulations regarding access to the mall, click here.