Gamer cafe in the works near the Dayton Mall

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Gamer cafe in the works near the Dayton Mall

A board game-themed café and store is in the early stages of development near the Dayton Mall.

The new business called “Cardboard Crowns” is scheduled to open at 147 N. Springboro Pike, in the Corners at the Mall retail center off Ohio 741 that also includes ALDI and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. Construction work is underway on the retail center’s exterior.

Founder Ben T. Adams of Dayton said Cardboard Crowns will be Dayton’s first full-service board game café, and he promised more details on the project perhaps as early as next week. He has applied for a full liquor license for the space.

“We are very excited to be growing the board-gaming hobby in Dayton,” Adams told this news outlet via email.

Kettering gamer bar “D20: A Bar with Characters” opened to an enthusiastic response in December at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza. It serves craft beer and does not have a food menu.

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