Pork Slope has changed in some not-so-subtle ways since it first opened almost exactly a year ago: the menu has expanded to include burritos and jettisoned unpopular items like the Chicago dog and country ham, prices have gone up a bit, and table service has replaced the awkward "order at the back" system. But within the past week they've made some of the first real physical changes to the space: the pool table has been replaced with extra seating, video games have been brought in, the giant Pabst sign has been moved, and an alcoholic slushie machine has been added to the mix.
The back area used to be dominated by a pool table, which would often remain unused while diners clamored for somewhere to sit (and would serve as a gathering place for kids). By getting rid of the pool table, they've created room for more than 20 additional diners, and to satisfy those who still need something to play a Big Buck Hunter and an arcade game table with a handful of old-school video games have been added to the mix. Additionally, the giant Pabst sign that dominated the back room along with the pool table has also been moved to the less-visible right wall.
The board that used to display the menu has also been cleared, and has been converted into a calendar. Weekly events already include a crab boil every Wednesday until the end of the summer, Burger & The Beast Mondays (where $10 gets you a burger, a side, and a can of beer), and bingo every Sunday.
Finally, a slushie machine has been added to the bar, but this isn't your average margarita maker: it's from the popular truck Kelvin Natural Slush Company, and serves up an addictive Arnold Palmer mixed with overproof rum.
Pork Slope hasn't been afraid to adapt and change as needed, and there's not much to compain about with these most recent tweaks to the formula.