Cork's board game cafe is opening a new venue

Cork's board game cafe is opening a new venue

Emer Kelly and Chris Heinhold ouside their Tabletop board game cafe on Castle Street. The couple have now expanded west with a new Bantry location. “It will offer the same type of experience as the one in Cork City but it’s a bigger venue and we’re hoping to offer a wider range of drinks and food,” says Chris. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

POPULAR board game café and venue, Tabletop, has expanded and opened a new shop.

Tabletop, Ireland’s first late night board game café, opened their dedicated location on Castle Street on December 21, 2017, which was a huge hit.

Chris Heinhold established the cafe with his fiance Emer Kelly, who is originally from Bantry.

With a nine-month-old baby in tow, the couple decided to relocate to Emer’s hometown moving to Bantry in February, and are now set to open a new Tabletop venue in the West Cork town.

“It wasn’t like we didn’t have a lot going on what with a nine-month-old to look after but we decided to open a new Tabletop in Bantry,” laughed Chris.

“We were keen to get going with another project and this location became available to we jumped at the chance.

“It will offer the same type of experience as the one in Cork City but it’s a bigger venue and we’re hoping to offer a wider range of drinks and food.”

Tabletop West, located on High Street in Bantry, is currently in the process of being decorated and is expected to open in mid-May.

Chris said the city venue just enjoyed a very busy winter and the decision to expand seemed like a wise move.

“We had a great winter with people out and about.

“I was expecting a bit of a slow down in January and February but it didn’t really seem to hit us too hard which is great,” he added.

Chris revealed that the plan is to keep both venues open and work between the two.

“I’ll be travelling between Bantry and the city a bit but we have a great team there who are doing great work,” he said.

“We’re more than happy to let them supervise the business there at the moment while we get things up and running out here in Bantry.

“Emer is coming back from maternity leave in the next few weeks as well, so we’ll have a full complement,” he added.

Tabletop West is now taking applications from people wishing to work in the new shop which is set to open in the coming weeks.

“We’re really looking forward to getting this shop up and running and hopefully, seeing everyone get behind it,” said Chris.

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