TDI -- Reporter's Blog

Aug. 20, 2010 at 9:10am

Downtown Tacoma Arcade?

If you are a fan of Shorty's in Seattle and/or enjoy classic video games (Dig Dug, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, etc.), this sign spotted at the corner of 9th and Commerce on my way to work this morning could make your day, as it did mine . . .

The only thing I could gather from the Web is there will be a fund-raiser for the place on Thurs., Aug. 26 @ Hell's Kitchen. Here's another posted sign with more info . . .

Whoever is behind this new business, you are a genius. If anyone knows anything else about it, please share.

comments [23]  |  posted under Downtown, Fun, Tacoma


by debivans on 8/20/2010 @ 9:52am
Yes! Shorty's was the place (back when you could walk the streets of Belltown without wearing Kevlar). This is perfect for Tacoma. I hope they have some T-shirts! Galaga anyone?

by Erik on 8/20/2010 @ 11:24am
Very cool.

by NineInchNachos on 8/20/2010 @ 1:43pm
Hey who wants to talk to them about sponsoring Frost Park ? Our new neighbor!

by Jake on 8/20/2010 @ 1:50pm

by KevinFreitas on 8/20/2010 @ 5:05pm
Holy awesomeness!!! This is such a great idea. Good find on Facebook Jake. Awaiting response on my friend request. 9th and Pacific is the chosen spot for them to open. Is this going into the old brick place there? What bar did that use to be? Went there in college to listen to Cliff Colon play. Would be a fantastic place for bar and games. Wow, still floored with this (as are the other Tacoma geeks I'm currently out of town with)...

by Jesse on 8/20/2010 @ 5:13pm
Very cool! This should do well on that corner. I can now put away my Atari 2600 finally.

I used to waste a lot of time at a similar place in Portland called Ground Kontrol. ( )

Can we make requests? Asteroids, NBA Jam with Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter, Star Wars, and Spy Hunter please!

by Jake on 8/20/2010 @ 5:49pm
Is it going into the old Brick City/ Destiny's location? If yes I am not sure what was there before Destiny's but I do remember going to breakfast there when it was Iron Horse or something. Owned by the same folks that owned Talley Ho up on Hilltop.

My mom told me back then they only had plastic spoons at the restaurant.. I will let you figure out why. ;)

by KevinFreitas on 8/21/2010 @ 9:04am
Here's a brief summary from their Facebook updates:

- Lease signed

- Regular and vegetarian options
- Variety of fresh and grilled cheese sandwiches
- Other specialty items on menu
- Going to keep it affordable

- Fundraiser date of Aug. 26 @ Hells Kitchen
- Music and pinball tournament

- Place in NYC emailing claiming they hold fed. trademark on term "barcade"
- We had no problem getting our "Dorky's Barcade" trademark

- Changed name to Dorky's BarXade (the X is for extreme)

- Need ADA approval then can move in
- Still being harassed by NYC people, going to protest along side any other businesses being harassed by them (may have backed off after returning emails)

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 8/21/2010 @ 9:18am
They had plastic spoons at the IronHorse because the drug users would take the metal ones to the restroom and use them to cook their drugs in. Kind of hard to cook your drugs in a plastic spoon.

by fredo on 8/21/2010 @ 9:50am
The facebook entries indicate some confusion over the terms trademark, trade name, and domain name. Better have a lawyer clear this up before spending a lot of money on signage, etc.

by Altered Chords on 8/22/2010 @ 8:42pm
The astute sign company will contact the owner immediately for what could be a cash cow of a signage client.

by thriceallamerican on 8/23/2010 @ 9:26am
Is this going into the old brick place there? What bar did that use to be? Went there in college to listen to Cliff Colon play.

That would be Roof'n'Doofs, which turned out some rather competent cajun food.

by The Jinxmedic on 8/23/2010 @ 12:13pm
"Roofs 'n Doofs"? And that's NOT about drugs?

(Maybe "Coke n' Toke" would be a good alternate name for that one...)

by Erik on 8/23/2010 @ 12:36pm

Could be a very cool place. I see they have their sign on Pacific and the extra space on 9th. That's a huge amount of space they could occupy.

by KevinFreitas on 8/23/2010 @ 4:20pm
Roof'n'Doofs -- that's it! Thanks @thrice! I used to really enjoy hanging there and sounds like I will again soon (but for an entirely geekier reason)!

by Dorky's on 8/24/2010 @ 12:08pm
WOW! We are stoked to be getting noticed beore our doors are even open! We will be opening in the beginning of next month (September). However, we are not having a grand opening until our beer & wine license goes thru.
No unaccompanied minors. If you want to bring your kids with you, they'll be allowed before 6pm.... but they have to be supervised.
We hope to see people down at Hell's Kitchen this Thursday (Aug.26th). There is gonna be a bunch of raffle prizes, pinball tourney, & some totally tubular performers!

by KevinFreitas on 9/16/2010 @ 4:15pm
According to their Facebook page Dorky's is opening its doors at 10am this Saturday! No beer or food just yet but drinks, snacks, and (most importantly) games! I can't wait to stop on by!

by Erik on 9/16/2010 @ 5:56pm
Exit 133 coverage:

This could be a very cool and unique place in Tacoma.

by Jesse on 9/16/2010 @ 6:20pm
Above I requested four arcade games. Looks like there'll be at least three of those present there.

I know where I'll be wasting time in the future.

by KevinFreitas on 9/26/2010 @ 10:20am
Here's a video walkthrough posted on YouTube by chrisinmainz:

by TDI-Reporters-Notebook on 9/27/2010 @ 1:35pm
i love dorky's. good people. good games. i wish them the best of luck.

by Erik on 9/27/2010 @ 4:07pm
Great new article on Dorky's in the Tacoma Daily Index:

by Erik on 1/18/2011 @ 3:37pm

Dorky's Bar Arcade reports that they have been approved to serve food by the Health Department!

(They must have installed 20 sinks!)!/dorkys253


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