The city of Dunsmuir, California (population 1,500) has a new board game cafe called The Wheel House.
Columbus, Ohio is getting one this summer. Tabletop Game Cafe will specialize in Argentinian empanadas so gamers can play with one hand while eating with the other.
Recently opened Elm City Games in New Haven, Connecticut shares space coffee shop, The Happiness Lab.
The Game Chateau in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania opened in March a stone’s throw from I-81 and therefore a convenient rest stop on my next drive to Central New York. Brother-sister owners Chris Moore and Elle Hammond settled on the cafe concept while investigating the challenging economics of hobby game retail.
An Exeter, U.K. brother-sister pair had a pop-up over one weekend last month but were forced to close it for lack of financing. Now with funding through Kickstarter, they’ve been able to reopen their cafe, simply called “Board“, just a block down the road.
Card Table Republic, recently opened in Davison, Michigan, is a board game lounge, meaning it’s a pay-for-play-space with a 500 game lending library.
Ludorati Cafe in Nottingham, U.K. went for a sophisticated, modern style and hopes to become a tourist attraction.
Diversions Puzzles & Games shop of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is adding a second location, in South Portland, Maine.
Younger’s Turkish Cafe in Hull, U.K. has received permission to stay open until 4:00 AM so that it can host Dominoes and card games.
I now have first hand experience with Elm City Games, and it’s AWESOME.
Loot & XP opened recently in Norman, Oklahoma
I went to Tabletop Day at Diversion’s newest location. It’s small, but nice: a few tables for in-store gaming, a friendly staff, and — here’s what’s probably going to have me going to the Maine store more often instead of the the larger NH store — free parking.
The Castle in Beverly MA is a game cafe that just opened earlier this year. http://thecastlebeverly.com/)
Also Knight Moves with locations in Brookline MA and a new store in Somerville MA (http://knightmovescafe.com/)
The Game chateau has been working with the local MEETUP group and we already have Weds night game nigtht ere