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Pandemic pushes board game café out of business; Owners hope to reopen in the future

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FILE -{ }Well Played Board Game Café, Asheville, North Carolina (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Another Asheville business has fallen victim to the pandemic's hold on several struggling industries.

On Oct. 26, Well Played Board Game Café announced it had moved out of its Wall Street location downtown, most likely never to return.

Four years ago we moved into our café on Wall Street. We painted murals, built a bar, ordered a bunch of equipment, and most importantly assembled the largest collection of board games the state of North Carolina had ever seen. Last weekend we moved out. While we’re hopeful for what the future may hold, we know our turn on Wall Street is over.

In a Facebook post, café owners cited the challenging year for their closing, saying they had gone through several rounds with the SBA, PPP, and EIDL, "and a complete business pivot to add board game rentals – all while trying to keep our staff employed, our customers entertained, and our community safe."

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Back in April, the café hosted a drive-up board game giveaway to help entertain those stuck at home.

The business also promoted an online shop and began renting out games in order to adapt to the pandemic.

In Monday's online post, they thanked community partners, local entrepreneurs and everyone who had supported the café over the past four years.

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"We hope to find a way to bring Well Played to life again, but until then we’re focusing on what made this all worth it in the first place – the laughter, the joy, the thrill of playful competition," the online post stated.

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