When will we re-open?
Just like what is happening on many fronts right now, we are taking the reopening of both Relish and the Kitchen Table slowly and step by step. We are shooting to reopen the inside dining room at RELISH on April 26, 2021 and this is taking up all of our attention right now (it is almost like opening a brand new restaurant). Once we have that solid and secure, we will turn our attention back to our “love child”, the Kitchen Table.
We miss the board game cafe so much, that we’re having a “game day” on our patio as part of Relish’s 10th Anniversary celebration on Wednesday 4/7/21. We are bringing back the games, gametenders, and a couple of menu items (pig candy and short rib nachos) for one glorious day. So come out for that if you can. If that goes well, we may start doing that on a weekly or semi-weekly basis.
Then, with any luck, we will have you back inside the Kitchen Table playing games full time by the fall. But for now we are considering using the Kitchen Table patio as a waiting lounge for customers who are waiting for tables at Relish. If we do this, we will offer beverages, very light snacks, and maybe even board games at those few tables. What do y’all think of that?
WHY A BOARD GAME CAFE?
Board game cafés are a very European and Canadian concept that are gaining in popularity across the US. The Kitchen Table at Relish is the second one (that we know of) in North Carolina—the first is Well-Played in Asheville that opened in 2017.
My own family rediscovered board games just around a year before we opened and I love sharing the experience with others. No lecture intended, but so many of us (myself included) spend so much of our time connected to people only through technology. Finding ways to spend time just talking with no screens has become a bit elusive. But playing board games sets the stage for some of the best conversations about life and learning and they are also perfect ice breakers that can encourage a group to find common ground.
The games themselves have improved SO MUCH since the heyday of Candy Land and Monopoly. If you haven’t tried a “gateway” Eurostyle game like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Sushi Go, Dominion, 7 Wonders, or Pandemic you may not know that modern board games are now less about random luck and more dependent on strategy, friendlier competition, and even cooperation.
We have a library of over 400 games that we have been sacrificing ourselves to learn to play—including the old standbys (like Scrabble, Backgammon, and Sorry) to the newest releases (like Root, Century Spice Road, Wingspan, and Scythe). We have trained “gametenders” available to help you choose a game that is a good fit for your group and teach you how to play it, if needed. For the first year, all games were free to play (we had to get you hooked, right?) but we now charge a nominal game playing fee to help us cover the cost of upkeep on the game library (replacing those inevitable lost pieces and buying the latest games).
You can check out our current game list at https://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/relishraleigh
So whether you want us guide you or you want to just pick for yourself, feel free to head on over to our game room (once Covid restrictions are lifted) to seek out an “old friend” or discover something new.
Sharon May, Owner
Ties to Relish
What's in a name?
The current kitchen at Relish had been too small for us for a few years. Business (pre-Covid) was great, thankfully, but because of that and our extensive menu we really need a lot of prep and storage space—especially since we want to keep creating new dine in “Test Kitchen” menu items and expand our takeout capacity to include larger family meal and catering portions, too.
So, when our landlord offered us the former Dos Taquitos space next door to our kitchen, we jumped on it. And
If Relish is our “main” dining room, then we consider the expansion space as our smaller more intimate “kitchen table”. We love the images that a kitchen table invokes. As the heart of the home it is the place where meals and memories are made and where you invite close family and friends to cozy and intimate gatherings.