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8/11/2013 6:00:00 AM
Pool hall racks up fun for all ages
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierJennifer Christensen and Scott Udell, owners of the Rack On Cue Billiards & Grill, opened their business last month in the Frontier Village shopping complex in Prescott. Aubrey Quinley, inset, plays a round of pool Tuesday afternoon.
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Jennifer Christensen and Scott Udell, owners of the Rack On Cue Billiards & Grill, opened their business last month in the Frontier Village shopping complex in Prescott. Aubrey Quinley, inset, plays a round of pool Tuesday afternoon.
Karen Despain
The Daily Courier

Aubrey Quinley, 22, of Prescott was enjoying a game of pool Tuesday afternoon with Hayden Pappas, 23, also of Prescott.

She and Pappas avoided the pool tables at bars and instead patronized the newly opened Rack On Cue Billiards & Grill in the Frontier Village shopping center.

"The best thing about this place is you don't have to worry about a crazy environment, where you can't concentrate or have a conversation," said Quinley, a caregiver. "It is a safer environment."

Rack On Cue has nicer pool tables, said Pappas, a server and cook at a downtown restaurant. "I can come in and get a (pool) table. It is not hard to get a table."

Pappas and Quinley said they have patronized Rack On Cue a few days a week since it opened in a building that formerly housed Blockbuster and a Mexican restaurant.

Rack On Cue has 13 pool tables, air hockey, indoor shuffleboard, electronic dart boards and arcade games, as well as a restaurant that is open for lunch and dinnertime.

Rack On Cue business partners Jennifer Christensen and Scott Udell said they are targeting age groups ranging from teens to seniors by offering a family-oriented environment for indoor recreation.

"There is a huge demographic of people who play pool," Udell said.

Christensen, 38, said she and Udell, 48, opened the business because youths lack options for recreation.

They said Rack On Cue appeals to retirees around lunchtime, families on weekends, and all age groups during evenings to play and eat.

A family of four can enjoy recreation at Rack On Cue for less than what it costs to see a movie or go bowling, Christensen said. Patrons pay for using the pool tables by the hour, while the other games are coin-operated.

Christensen and Udell chose the location at Suite 15 at 1781 E. Highway 69 because it is within a 15-minute drive for most of their customers, and is also close to shopping, Christensen said.

Christensen and Udell have known each other for a few years. Christensen previously worked in marketing and advertising in Durango, Colo., and as an emergency medical technician. Udell brings a background in electronics, including a stint with Motorola in Sacramento, Calif.

They both grew up playing pool.

They are leasing 6,300 square feet from the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe, which owns Frontier Village.

The building underwent two months of remodeling, said Bob Anderson, owner of Koyuk General Contractors in Prescott Valley.

"We had to completely remove one wall and reconstruct it," Anderson said. "Then, we moved the bathrooms to accommodate the walk-in cooler for the beer kegs."

Koyuk also installed new carpeting, changed the plumbing and rebuilt the bar, Anderson said.

The remodeling gives Rack On Cue an open floor plan where parents can keep an eye on their children, according to Udell.

Christensen and Udell already have lined up leagues for pool and darts, and scheduled pool tournaments.

They welcome youth, church and other groups, and offer group discounts.

Rack On Cue plans a grand opening from 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 24. It is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. For more information, call 778-0484.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Article comment by: Steven McBride

I think it's a great idea. I work at the Comfort Suites in PV & we have a lot of families that stay at our hotel looking for something different to do.

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