Nashville finally got it’s first board game cafe, now officially called the Game Point Cafe.  This past week it had it’s grand opening and so is now available for people to stop by, have some food and drink, and play some great games.  This cafe was the brain child of Rick, founder of Tennessee Game Days, and Bob, founder of the coffee shop chain Bongo Java, when they got together and realized their shared desire for a board game cafe.  Rick provided the games, boasting a library of 300 curated games, and Bob created the space with a coffeehouse in east Nashville, and now their dream has become a reality.  As with other cafes you can eat there, play there, and even learn there as there will be staff on hand to help teach you new games.  So if you are in the area you should stop by.  You can find out more information by reading the press release below, or visiting the cafe’s website.

GAME POINT CAFÉ: Nashville’s First Board Game Cafe

Nashville’s first Board Game Café will open Thursday, October, 26 in East Nashville.  Game Point Café is a place for people to unplug and connect while playing board games. The café has a carefully curated library of more than 300 classic, family, party, strategic and modern games for people to play and a menu of sandwiches, salads, beer, wine and of course coffee. Game Coaches will be on hand to teach you games. The games can be used for free. The Game Point(ers) includes a suggested food & drink minimum purchase of $10. Game Point Café is the collaboration between the creator of Nashville’s largest board game convention and the founder of the city’s oldest coffeehouse.

Over 12 years ago, Rick Keuler turned a life-long interest in board games into a 3-day annual board game convention, now with more than 700 attendees (Tennessee Game Days). He is an attorney and a stay-at-home dad of three and has been in Nashville since 2004 when they relocated for his wife’s surgery residency at Vanderbilt.

Bob Bernstein created Bongo Java in 1993. His restaurant group has since grown to include six other establishments (Fido, Fenwick’s 300, BOX, Bongo East, Fetch and Grins Vegetarian Café) plus a wholesale coffee roasting and wholesale bakery. Bob played classic games as a kid, backgammon and poker for meal money in college and modern games as a father of two. Rick and Bob had separately thought about opening a board game café for years. The reality came together when the board game guy met the café owner at the game convention earlier this year. Rick curated the 300+ game library. Bob founded the café. And together they created Game Point Café. Game Point Café shares space at Bongo East, which opened in Five Points East Nashville in 2000. The café has been closed at night. The addition of Board Games creates more of a reason for people to come at night.

Board game cafes are popping up everywhere, which makes sense with the board game industry booming like it is.  But what makes the Meeple Mountain Board Game Cafe noteworthy?  Well it will be the only cafe within 200 miles of the city of Nashville.  Nashville is called the Athens of the South and will soon be boasting a population of 2 million, so there are lots of potential cafe goers.  The current plan is for the cafe to open in late 2017/early 2018 and will have “cafe and retail space, room for private event bookings, frequent public events, and more“.  This is an exciting thing for Nashville board gamers, and hopefully a continuing trend of cafes opening up around the country.  You can read more about the cafe on the Meeple Mountain website.