Hey guys, remember me? I'm the Indeed guy! It's good to be back :)
Anyways, it's been a new dream of mine to open a board game cafe/lounge the second I found out they were a thing (I won't be selling coffee or alchohol, so I don't know if it still counts as a cafe). I've done a ton of research so far as to what a sucessful board game cafe should have, and I 100% plan on opening one myself one day. But I'm not 18 yet, and there's a bunch of things I need to finish before I can really prepare, so right now I'm just kind of dreaming.
So I'm just wondering what you guys would want to see in a board game cafe to make your experience there more enjoyable. For example, what food would you want? What would you want the place to look like, what theme would you want it to have? What events would you want it to have? Would you want the place to have a shop?
If you're wondering about my current vision: I'd love a heavily-themed fantasy board game cafe, and decorate the walls with dragon and monster heads on plaques, stuff like that. My friend, who wants to partner with me, wants to make it look like some kind of inn, which would also be fine. I want to serve sandwhiches, soda, and milkshakes. If it's not overkill, I think it would be fun to put the drinks in stuff that looks like potion bottles, to make the drinks look like potions. I want to have several large rooms separately dedicated to board/card games, tabletop wargames, and rpg's, and maybe each room would have a separate theme (like the tabletop wargame room themed after Warhammer 40k since it's so popular). I might open a shop since they don't make very good money, but if I do open one I one to start small and sell small custom stuff like dice, dice towers, dice trays, game mats, and other game accessories. Once I have enough money, I want to hire people to teach games, and GM's to teach rpg's and run sessions. That's what I envision. My opinion isn't set in stone in any of these aspects, so long as the place isn't boring and has a good theme.
If you don't know what a board game cafe is: It's typically a place where you pay some money (usually $5 per person) to take any board game from a large library, and sit down at a table to play, and an employee would teach you how to play. Most places sell coffee and alchohol, and food like sandwhiches and finger food. There could be private rooms, and sometimes there's a shop.
I'd love to hear what you guys would want in a board game cafe to make it more enjoyable.