Bars with activities, from axe throwing to virtual reality, are a hot trend in Philly, so it’s no surprise there’s another one on the way. Board game cafe Queen & Rook will open later this summer just off South Street, in what was long-running Japanese restaurant Hikaru.
The Queen Village spot, from couple Edward Garcia and Jeannie Wong, will have more than a thousand new and retro board games and role-playing games, reports Philly Mag, with most available for playing on-site and some offered for sale. Garcia tells the magazine he’s picturing it as a family-friendly venue during the day, with more of a date night vibe after dark.
On the cafe’s website, Garcia and Wong describe it as a place put your phone down: “One of our aims at Queen & Rook is to connect generations across the gaming table with classic RPGs and board games as well as introduce you to your new favorites, fostering friendly competition outside the digital realm.”
Along with a full bar, Queen & Rook will have, according to the site, a menu of “allergen-friendly, mostly plant-based recipes.”
This is Philly’s second board game-centric spot. Thirsty Dice opened at 17th and Fairmount late last year with craft beer, cocktails, coffee, milkshakes, and food.