Board Game Cafe to Open in Albuquerque, NM

February 13, 2015 - 7:43pm
board game cafe nob hill The Board Game Cafe model continues to expand. The latest addition is the 'Empire Board Game Library" soon to open in the Nob Hill neighborhood of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rory Veronda, who has previous experience with night clubs, intends to open the establishment with a library of about 600 board games as well as coffee, soda and snack offerings. Game players will need to purchase a "game pass" in order to secure playing time at the tables. He has gone so far as to hire an architect to complete the design of the soon-to-be renovated building. Veronda hopes to be open for business by May of this year. Interest in the Cafe seems to be high, as the story is being covered in the Albuquerque News Journal, Albuquerque Business First, and KRQE News 13. None of these news organizations appear familiar with modern board games (or at least are assuming their viewers aren't), which hopefully will change when the store opens and they can get their cameras inside. KRQE News coverage and their interviews of "people on the street" paints an interesting picture. Since the store isn't open yet, the crew is left to its own devices…panning across classic board games like Scrabble and Dominoes in a completely different store, and ruminating over a mysterious game piece pictured in the new store's window (its a Carcasonne meeple). If you live near Nob Hill, or just want to follow the evolving board game cafe scene, keep a look out for the Empire Board Game Library.