July 30th, 2014
The Broken Rack – Emeryville, CA
Photos and Article by: POV Pool
Open For Business!
Emeryville, California welcomes back The Broken Rack this week, after being closed for relocation for over 3 months. With the owners Marilyn and Wayne Boucher, accompanied by Tom Butler, the general contractor, POV Pool was fortunate enough to get an exclusive tour through the new venue, which is located just across the tracks from the old location at the beautifully restored 10,000 sq foot, Bayer distribution and operations building. With a spacious atmosphere, the high ceilings, VIP lounge and a grand island bar, you can look forward to a refreshing experience on the NorCal pool scene with the same, pleasurable service of old.
Spacious and Playable!
The (New) Broken Rack is a well-lit building that showcases 2 x Diamond, 9 foot tables (The Diamond Lane), 14 x Olhausen, 9 foot tables, 2 x Olhausen 8-Footers, 1 x Full size Brunswick Billiard Table and 1 Full Size Snooker Table. Raised, spectator seating will overlook the 9 foot tables and allow for future tournament action as well as a comfortable gathering with friends. The uniquely shaped, 800 square foot, VIP lounge is also a great addition to the Broken Rack’s ‘rep’. Enjoy a meal or a drink, hold a small party or event or simply bask the day away watching the Giants take the ‘Series’ or have eat your ‘Bowl’ while the 49ers take theirs.
Kitchen and Dining!
Lunch, dinner or a midnight snack from their new and improved kitchen and menu will make the the island bar worth staying at, which seats over 15 and is adorned with flat screens and fresh beer-taps galore! In contrast to the old location, this bar is much more spacious, so be sure to spread out with your mates and dates.
Diamonds and More!
In addition to the new and improved amenities at The Broken Rack, customers will definitely enjoy a run for their money on brand new 860 Simonis Cloth. All of the tables from the old location have been fully restored, the pockets completely rejuvenated by none other than Ernesto Dominguez. Marilyn Boucher states, “We went to great lengths to make sure these tables are going to be playable to both the casual and hardcore pool-playing public. We put a lot of thought into making this decision although a difficult one to make, ultimately we felt that the classic drop-pocket tables of the old location are something of a signature to the look and feel of our history as a billiard establishment, which we didn’t want to lose. Plans to expand the new ‘Diamond Lane’ from 2 to possibly 5 or 6 tables are in the works, but for now we think the investment of one additional Diamond table will be enough to capture the attention of traveling road players and visiting pros.”
Games and Fun For All!
The Broken Rack will also be one of the only pool halls in the Bay Area that will have a full size Snooker table, for all the worldly players in Northern California looking to pocket the red and colored balls.
For the amateur player looking to enjoy drinks and a good time with their friends, the intense 1-pocket money playing regular, the holiday 9-ball tournament player or the local business employee looking to getaway for a delicious lunch, the Broken Rack will definitely have it all.
The Broken Rack
5768 Peladeau St.
Emeryville, CA 94608