Pool players in the metro-east will soon have a new destination for casual games and small tournaments.
The Pregame, a new bar with pool tables and dartboards, opens Friday at 1491 Camp Jackson Road near the Cahokia Walmart.
Owners Sean Martin and Justin Snodgrass said the opening is a dream come true. It took six months to renovate the former pawn shop that was “totally decrepit,” Martin said.
He grew up playing pool in the area with his dad.
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“Cahokia used to be one of the best places to shoot pool,” Martin said. “There have been a lot good tournaments down here. We want to bring that back.”
Martin’s dad, Jimmy Martin, Sr., was a professional pool player who played along side some of the best players in the country. His son, Sean, followed in his footsteps and fell in love with the game.
Snodgrass, a railroad worker, enjoys the game, too.
They met at Big Daddy’s in downtown Belleville where they learned a lot about the business of owning a bar while working together.
“Working at the bar has always been an experience that I liked,” Snodgrass said. “I’ve always wanted to open my own.”
Their place will have a laid-back atmosphere. Food will not be served, but customers can bring in their own. Video gaming will be installed in the future.
“It’s just a comfortable nice place you can come in and enjoy a couple games of pool and a couple games of darts,” Snondgrass said. “It’s just a very nice calm place.”