New board game cafe set to open this spring in Boise

Late this spring, a new cafe will open on Fairview Ave. near Sockeye Brewing.

Beyond the usual fare of sandwiches, coffee and beer and wine, Room and Boards Cafe will offer up something more.

Board games. Five-hundred board games.

“I’ve always wanted to open a coffee shop,” Room and Boards co-owner Scott Pepper said. Pepper and his wife Clara are working to get the business off the ground. Inspiration came from similar concepts in Seattle, Portland and California.

“I’ve only been living here about three years. I’m a big board game person and always have been. There are so many game shops and a large gaming community I was surprised there wasn’t one.”

So Scott & Clara will open one – set to open June 1st. Folks will be able to come in, kick back and enjoy any one of the 500 games available. The cost to rent the game for in-store use will be $5, and staff will be trained to walk them through how to play if it’s something new to them.

Something for everyone

“The range of games is just about everything,” Scott said. “Some that cater to hardcore gamers, but also entry-level games: Monopoly, Life, Chutes and Ladders, Connect Four, card games, dice games et cetera.”

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Scott has a background in IT and is working to find a game finder on the cafe’s website.

“People can say ‘I’m with my daughter, I have about a half hour – I like dice, I like animals’ and it will match them to a game. Whatever skill level you have, there will be something you can play.”

They hope to make it a family-friendly place where anyone can come and spend some time.

“We want to make it as open and inclusive as possible. I’m a really big fan of the third place – it’s not your home or your office.”

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