Northeast Portland will get a much-needed boost when The People’s Courts (TPC) opens on Friday, August 25. This 48,000 square-foot social venue located at 2700 NE 82nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon, will feature a range of activities including pickleball, bocce ball, ping pong and indoor disc golf. The focus of this facility is on creating a family-friendly facility with play in mind.
Developers Dave Sacks, Dave Schrott and Robert Sacks, who also own the buildings that house Coopers Hall Winery and Taproom, Spirit of 77, and Oven and Shaker — as well as opening the Ace Hotel in Portland — added two brick-and-mortar restaurants into this mix. The first, called The Kitchen, is helmed by Nate Tilden of Clyde Common and Olympia Provisions. It will offer a mix of grilled sausages and smashburgers along with an eclectic array of bowls. At The Parlor, Brian Spangler of Apizza Scholls will feature 14-inch parlor-style pizzas ideal for sharing.
TPC’s rotating beer taps showcase a range of beers from lagers and IPAs to pale ales and pilsners from local breweries. Ciders from Bauman’s Cider. and Double Mountain Brewery & Cidery will be on tap, too. The initial tap lineup features YOVU, Migration Brewing, Gorges Beer Co., Buoy Beer Company, Level Beer, pFriem Family Brewers and Sunriver Brewing Co. All these drinks pair very well with one of The Parlor pizzas, or a smashburger or hot dog from The Kitchen.
Also, the venue will have red, rosé and white wines available on tap from Coopers Hall Winery & Taproom, plus two draft cocktails: a Vieux Carré and a TPC Margarita. Once TPC opens for brunch, sparkling wine also will be on tap.
Specialty cocktails and mocktails will include the Dink Drink which contains Happy Mountain Kombucha, Rose City Gin, bubbles and Wild Roots Marionberry Vodka. Michelle Ng, restaurant bar and catering manager, recommends pairing the Dink Drink with the Satay Sashay bowl (grilled Thai-style meatballs, shaved cabbage, cilantro, pickled peppers, peanut sauce, lime rice, and garbanzo beans) courtesy of The Kitchen.
There is no cover charge to enter TPC, with each activity operating as “pay by the hour.” A pro shop selling merchandise will be onsite, with pickleball paddles available for rental. As the goal is for people to enjoy the food and drink along with the group camaraderie, all food, and drink must be consumed at the facility.
The grand opening weekend will feature a live DJ, raffles, beer and wine samples. Hours for opening weekend will be 5-10 p.m., Friday, August 25; Noon to Midnight, Saturday, August 26; and Noon to 10 p.m., Sunday August 27.
After opening weekend, regular hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to Midnight Friday and Saturday.
TPC is open to all ages. Pets are not allowed.