'Play as many games as you want' at this new Virginia cafe, owner says

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Posted at 12:12 AM, Oct 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-31 23:24:12-04

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A new restaurant sure to be a hit with board game enthusiasts opened Friday in Midlothian.

Unplugged Games Cafe in the Sycamore Square Shopping Center features more than 600 games.

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Owners Kathy and Sean Gulla said part of their mission is to make it easy for people to try board games as well as be a home away from home for people "who already love this really excellent hobby."

"I feel that we are open for anyone, whether you want to come in and play games," Kathy Gulla said. "Or you just want something to eat or drink after work or on the weekend, we're here for you."

The Play Pass, which is $6-8 per guest, allows access to all of the games in the library for as long as folks want to stay. Kids under 12 play for free with a paying adult, according to the cafe'e wesbite. They also offer group discounts for events.

"Once you're here, we want you to get your money's worth," Kathy Gulla explained. "And we want you to sit down and play as many games as you want to play. Or if it takes four hours to play one game, then you're welcome."

Derin White
Derin White

Derin White was very focused on putting together a puzzle Saturday afternoon.

"I came in at three. I don't even know what time it is right now," White admitted. "Oh crap, I've been here for for over two hours."

Sean Gulla said the time was right to launch the business one and a half years into the pandemic.

"It's an even better idea now after all this time all of us have spent on virtual meetings and virtual school and sitting in front of screens," Sean Gulla said. "We're hoping that now is a great time for people to reconnect with each other — and we want to be a place where they can do that."

You can follow Unplugged Games Cafe on social media.That is where they list their daily hours.

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