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But the other thing that we’re going to have are ‘game tenders,’ and just like a bartender, what they’re going to do is be there to help you understand.Just really bringing the hospitality to playing a game.We’ll have a lot of the great comfort food experiences that are common to Philadelphia, and the types of things people want to have while they’re playing games, and really having a great experience with their friends or family.That’s the kind of stuff that we want to have on the menu — sandwiches, salads, things like mac and cheese.My background has really broadly been in management consulting, but throughout my professional career, whenever I’ve gotten in one of these situations where you’re introducing yourself and need to tell something interesting about you, I’ve always referred back to board games, which I’ve been collecting and playing with friends — and hosting folks at our house — going back probably 25 years or more.At the beginning of last year, I had an opportunity to invest in another company, and I started doing due diligence.I started doing research, and I went to about a dozen different board-game cafes to get a sense of how people were implementing the model, and it just seems like it would be a great fit in Philadelphia.So right before the end of the year, I pulled the trigger on the lease, and we’re off to the races. We’re really trying to curate a lot of great comfort foods. There are a lot of considerations, because you don’t want to have a messy plate of nachos or anything like that.
Certainly we’re going to have lots of great craft beer, and wine, but we want to also have good coffee drinks and Bassetts milk shakes. A big part of what you really need to do is understand that different people are looking for different types of experiences.The more I looked at it, the more I started to think the finances weren’t quite what they were cracked up to be, and I started to think, ‘Well, this is how long and how much capital it’s going to take for me to turn this business around and achieve the goals that we wanted to get it to.’ And I thought, after I do that, in five to seven years, I’ll go and open a board-game cafe.One day, I asked myself: ‘Why insert this other step, because a board-game cafe just sounds like so much more fun?"My advice is this: wait as long as you can," Allen says.Her rationale for these dating rules may seem obvious, but many people tend to forget in the heat of the moment.