‘Do you have an opening date yet?’ is a question we’ve been asked a lot lately. We’re so excited about Coffee & Dice opening and it’s great to hear that other people are too.
Our first event with Coffee & Dice was back in April 2015 for International Tabletop Day; some of you reading this may have been there where it all started. We were hoping to be in our own venue for Tabletop Day this year, but finding a home for Coffee & Dice has been a challenge.
We started our venue search back in January, and whilst we’ve had offers accepted on two venues we’ve unfortunately had to walk away before signing on the dotted line. Location, space, accessibility and aesthetic are all so important and unfortunately the previous venues have fallen short of what we need. We want the best experience for everyone who comes to Coffee & Dice, and this isn’t something we’re willing to compromise on.
After a long search we think we’ve found the perfect home; it’s a brand new building which means we can customise it for the ideal gaming space, it has street parking, public transport links and pay and display car parks nearby, ample seating for sixty with a spacious layout and will be accessible for those with mobility issues. Sounds ideal… So what’s the catch? Well unfortunately the building work won’t finish until February 2017.
We’ve thought long and hard about this and have decided that it’s better to wait for the right space than to compromise and rush into anything less than awesome. It was a tough call to make (especially since Marc and I have quit our jobs to work full time on Coffee & Dice!) but we know it’s the right decision.
So when are we opening? Assuming the building work is completed on time (I’m sure anyone who has undertaken renovations will be scoffing about now) we should get the keys February/March time. We’ll then need a month or two to refurbish the place and find space for all 500 games. And then, tah-dah! We should be open April/May time. We’ll be keeping you updated on all the little milestones, and share the confirmed address once we’ve signed on the dotted line (our solicitors are currently agreeing the paperwork – I assume via rock, paper, scissors or best of three at an appropriate board game).
In the meantime you can catch us at the following events:
WynterCon on the 1st and 2nd October
StabCon South 7th- 9th October
Visions & Voyages at Bournemouth Library on 15th October
We’ll be bringing our board game library along with the team to teach and help you pick the right game. We’ll be selling some games at WynterCon in case you discover something you must take home with you, or you can pick something up from our new online shop. Hope to see you soon!