Qatar has its first game shop, Cheeky Camel, opened by a pair of gamers who have day jobs in the petroleum industry. Though on weekdays it’s only open in the evenings, the store seems to host a pretty active gaming scene in its upstairs play space.
Stay2Play is a service in Calgary that sets up restaurants and bars to host board game events. The company provides a library of games, training of staff, and publicity. So far, there 16 locations participating.
There’s a business in Milwaukee that’s planning to open a single venue to serve both video gaming and Chess tournaments… I don’t even…
The Game Boutique in Youngtown, Arizona is relocating to a larger space, with expanded hours, and a different name. What’s now called The Orc’s Lair will have a grand opening event July 1st.
Also opening in July is the Playopolis board game cafe in Rochester, UK.
A new game store will be part of the revitalization of the Bradford Mall in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Brewpoint Coffee Company in Elmhurst, Illinois already had small selection of board games for its customers but is now partnering with local Tyton Games shop to run weekly board game nights.
For nightly Ramadan break-fasts, the Almaz by Momo restaurant in Dubai serves up board games along with a North-African themed buffet.
The Ampersand Hotel in London has a game room with a variety of board games.
At The Den, a cafe in Sebastian, Florida that from the description seems to define “eclectic”, board game nights feature live music.
There are Backgammon sets in the guest rooms and giant-sized Connect Four and Jenga in the outdoor lounge of Hotel Zephyr on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.