Which restaurant chain was founded by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell?
Chuck E. Cheese
Answer: Nolan Bushnell established Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre chain. Bushnell has started more than twenty companies and is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry. Bushnell has been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame, received the BAFTA Fellowship and the Nations Restaurant News “Innovator of the Year” award, and was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America.”
In 1972, Bushnell and Dabney set off on their own, and learned that the name “Syzygy” was in use; Bushnell has said at different times that it was in use by a candle company owned by a Mendocino hippie commune and by a roofing company. They instead incorporated under the name Atari, a reference to a check-like position in the game Go (which Bushnell has called his “favorite game of all time”).
Chuck E. Cheese’s (formerly Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza) is a chain of American family entertainment centers and restaurants. The chain is the primary brand of CEC Entertainment, Inc. and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.
By 1982, Atari had US$1.3 billion in annual sales and was the fastest-growing company in the history of American business. By 1984, the company had crashed and was split into three pieces to be sold off. The coin-op division became Atari Games. The Consumer division was sold to Jack Tramiel, who folded it into his Tramel Technology, Ltd., which was then renamed Atari Corporation. The budding Ataritel division was sold to Mitsubishi Electric.