With an entertaining, droll video (see above), a close-to-Downtown location already picked out, and a “first ever in Houston” concept, the fundraising effort for the Press Start Bar seemed to have a lot going for it. Alas, the Kickstarter game plan for the planned console-videogame-themed nightspot has failed to reach its high-score goal. After 30 days on the crowdfunding platform, the crew garnered $18,483 in pledges from 81 different backers. That’s impressive for a first try at the controls, but a bit shy of the stated $50,000 its founders said they needed to secure the proposed location — “off Rusk and St. Emanuel” (between the 59 overpass and BBVA Compass Stadium) — obtain building permits, and get started with TABC licensing, to be able to serve craft beers and Pokemon-themed cocktails, among other menu items.
“The idea was born when Ryan and I were coming out of one of those arcade game bars,” thumbs-a-twitching founder Cindy Thauburn explains in the video, “and he was complaining about the amount of machines that were out of order.“
“I don’t know what I was thinking,” responds her husband, comedian Ryan Thauburn. “Expensive machines in the hands of drunk people? “It’s madness.”
“So I told him I think a better idea would be to use consoles,” continues Cindy Thauburn, a level 90 Human Priest in World of Warcraft. “Controllers are easier to replace, and that way I could play GoldenEye or Halo.”
In one portion of the video the Thauburns detail what they would do with funds raised in excess of their $50K goal. But a note posted this afternoon on the Press Start Facebook page suggests that the team (which also includes bartender Hannah Weir), might push the restart button on its crowdfunding efforts after the failure, “with maybe a little lower goals.” It concludes: “Fear not! We are still proceeding forward and WILL make this bar a reality.”
- Press Start Bar [Kickstarter]
Video: Press Start Bar