This has been a long time coming for Ground Kontrol, and serves to ease the pain that Portlanders felt whenever they walked by the abandoned Backspace, a beloved spot that went away too soon. While it's not the all-ages music venue that the city desperately needs, it is a worthy use of the site and a great development for Ground Kontrol. The expansion is slated to open this summer. Portland Monthly reports:
The new area will house an expanded concrete and steel bar, with a dozen high tech, super-cooled taps and built-in video displays, along with a retail area selling merchandise and classic console games.Let's hope they expand their already formidable pinball selection, and continue the DJ bookings that make the space so much more than just an arcade with booze. The development also serves as a shot across the bow for the upcoming Quarterworld (in the old Mt. Tabor/Alhambra Theater space) across town, which is scheduled to open next month.
The owners expect to move certain games and pinball machines from the overcrowded NW Couch building, and acquire at least three gigantic new games that they previously didn’t have space for: the two-player flight simulator Star Wars Battle Pod, a new shooter called Aliens Armageddon, and a '90s driving simulator called Lucky & Wild, where one player drives while the other shoots.