A recently closed board game parlor and tavern in Hamilton's German Village plans to reopen sometime next week with a new focus on being a gathering place for the entire community, not just gamers.
A Game Knight, 345 N. Third St., will serve a selection of domestic, import and craft beers from 20 taps, as well three nitrous taps serving nitrogenated beer, according to co-owner D.J. Harper of Hamilton.
A menu to be introduced later in the month will feature soups, sandwiches, handmade appetizers, vegan/vegetarian fare and housemade desserts, said Harper, who owns the business along with his wife, Lindsey, and friends Jacob Eichhold and Brittaney Cavin, also of Hamilton.
“We hope to use locally sourced ingredients whenever feasible,” he said.
A Game Knight plans to hold a ticket-only “final tasting” event Nov. 21 where guests can pay for a one-time only chance to experience and weigh in on the new menu. Drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts will be included. This special event will be limited to 35 guests, and 2 tickets will be raffled off on A Game Knight Facebook page.
Harper, who said he has 14 years experience working in food service or food service management jobs, said he wanted to re-open the business because he liked its demographic and “really enjoyed the feel that the building had, the energy it brought.”
The business opened last November but its previous owner closed it in August, citing personal reasons.
While A Game Knight will still offer the same game selection, its focus is going to be “much more on utilizing the stage, especially during the weekend evenings,” Harper said.
That will mean the opportunity to bring the art community in by highlighting local artists, including musicians, spoken word, poetry, flow artists, drummers and more.
“The cut of the building allows us to have more than one community in at a time,” Harper said. “It’s kind of split down the middle and it has a private room upstairs.”
A Game Knight will feature adult-only hours and events, but also offer kid-friendly events and be available for rent as an event center during non-business hours.
The business will initially hire eight employees but will be “pushing growth rapidly” and could eventually reach more than double that amount, Harper said.
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