Toronto to get its first board game and tea cafe
Bampot Bohemian House of Tea & Board Games is soon to open on Harbord in the cottage-style house that was once Parentbooks. Inspired by the traditions of Czech tea houses, this new spot just wants to be recognized as a laid-back hangout. Enticing people to settle in, the cafe will stock a collection of 150+ board games accessible for a $5 cover (potentially discounted with food orders).
Behind the project are husband and wife team, Andrea and Mark Heins Newell, ex-burlesque dancers taking a first foray into food service. Their indiegogo campaign to raise capital didn't quite hit its target, but the couple notes that producing the video pitch helped solidify the concept.
The niche drink list will centre around house-blended, loose leaf teas available to stay or for home brewing. An accompanying food menu aims to keep things simple and affordable offering snacks, salads, soups, and one meatless main -- likely a daily curry bowl.
The cozy 30-seat room is slated to open by mid-April, though there's potential to double capacity once the back rooms are renovated. Those with 'lax afternoons should note that the tea house plans to operate from 11am to 11pm every day but Tuesday.