Good Game Grill Board Game Cafe Opens in Providence

This couple is bringing the ingenuity of board game cafes to the smallest state.

Good Game Grill board game cafe opens in Providence.

Gather your friends together for a game of Life at the newest hotspot in downtown Providence; Good Game Grill, Rhode Island’s first board game cafe, is hosting its Grand Opening Hoopla on Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon to midnight.

The grand opening party offers guest a chance to win a month of free game play through a raffle drawing, and there will be game demos to learn how to play Catan, Ticket to Ride and Codenames from game experts. Customers who visit the cafe before the grand opening and purchase a play pass will also receive an additional play pass good for the September 21 event.

Plain old dining out is becoming a thing of the past. The popularity of board game cafes, arcade bars, bookstore bars and breweries with stacks of childhood games has been rapidly growing in the past decade. Living in a generation where takeout and delivery has become the norm, these trendy businesses are encouraging you to get out of the house and challenge your brain.

“I want to foster the gaming space I wish I had when I first walked into a game store,” says Good Game Grill co-owner Sadie Price. “A place where people can meet up with old friends or meet new ones. A place where old favorites can be played and new ones discovered.”

Price and her partner, Courtney Price, sparked the idea from a board game cafe in New York called the Brooklyn Strategist, where they met while working and fell in love. After marrying, they decided to open up their own business in Rhode Island to bring the ingenuity of board game cafes to the smallest state.

Good Game Grill offers a Play Pass which allows customers unlimited access to the board game library. After an intense round of Monopoly or Scrabble, satisfy your appetite with some good old-fashioned diner food with a twist: both vegetarian and vegan options are available. If you don’t want to play games and you just want some grub, there are counter seats for those who are just there for the burgers, veggie tater tots and mac ‘n’ cheese wedges served in the classic diner checkered paper.

The cost is $5 for Monday through Friday visits, and $9 for Saturday and Sunday. Kids are free on Sundays.

53 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-537-7174, goodgamegrill.com

 

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