I live in the Dayton Metropolitan Area.
I was thinking Melt in Cleveland Heights that's really close to B Side, but if we split it up so people south & north have places to go that'd be sweet. Independence Melt is 20 minutes from my place.
All that it comes down to is times. Melt gets packed quick, even on Saturdays. B Side has DJs starting at 10PM on Saturdays.
With respect to crowdedness at Melt on Saturdays and in general, I find that you can get in without much of a wait and get served pretty quick if you just sit at the bar, even when the restaurant is pretty crowded. When I go there (which is more often than I'd like to admit) I generally just eat at the bar as a rule, and it always works out pretty well.
As for splitting them up across two dates, if you want to go for maximum geographic diversity I'd probably say the Lakewood Melt is the one that would let you get more within the people from the West side's ballpark. Independence isn't too far away from where it's looking like we're already going to be at the B-side, and Mentor is kind of way out to the east.
The B-side doesn't serve much in the way of food by the look of things, so it's not a bad idea to do some kind of pre-meet at Melt to eat something if we wanted. Or we could just go drink without eating anything, WHAT COULD GO WRONG
So everyone got the message on this? July 27th B Side and July 20th at Melt in Independence. I personally won't be at the Melt one, but let me know what times you guys want to be there so I can put it in the Original Post. For the July 27th, I'm thinking between 8-9pm to be up there around?
I don't know how we will identify ourselves in public. I'll probably wear my shirt that says "8 Bit Hustler" or my Mortal Combat shirt
I'm totally open on the 20th, so whatever time at Melt works for me. Might want to be 'early' so we can get a decent table or a good area at the bar.
8-9pm works for B Side, we should totally request some summer jams from the DJ!
I'll post what I'm wearing that day.
I'll do my best to make it out to both meetups. Unfortunately I have plans for the evening of the 20th, but I can stop by Melt for an hour or so. The 27th is looking wide open (where I promise to get drunker, louder, and no better at vidja games).
Looking forward to meeting everyone. This should be good.