Ain’t There No More (Boulder): Cafe Play

It is with great sadness, and a sinking suspicion that I am not the first on the scene with the news, that I announce the passing of Cafe Play from the Hill.

Cafe Play was an excellent idea. To my knowledge it was Boulder’s only true LAN Cafe – there were computer stations you could rent time on to play World of Warcraft with your buddies – and it was certainly the only place you could rent time on a Wii, a Playstation, or an Xbox, and while away several hours playing the games of your choice on huge plasma-screen TVs. And of course it had wi-fi. The space was huge and comfortable, full of deep leather couches as well as office-style desks, and its walls featured the work of local artists. Plus there was live music on the patio all the time. Also coffee, tea, soda, Udi’s sandwiches, and at one time Global Chili offerings. And it was open laaaaate.

It was where I went when my own cable internet was on the blink. It was where I encouraged fellow Boulder NaNoWriMo participants to meet up for write-ins. And now it is gone, and I am a sad puppy.

Cafe Play, you will be missed.

(Oh, by the way, Lulu’s on the Hill is gone too. Has been since something like a month or two after their grand opening. It’s Album’s Bistro again, which is great for aficionados of Album’s, but not so great if you really liked Lulu’s. For what it’s worth, the first space they were in – the restaurant outlet in Steelyards – seems to be still available. Hint. Hint.)

3 Comments so far

  1. valerie on June 4th, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

    Nicole, there’s something in the works on North Broadway with the words "Game" and "Guild" on the sign – it’s where Eppie’s used to be. No other information – but maybe they’ll have the comfy couches that you like. :-)

  2. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (den_nicole) on June 6th, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

    Where Eppie’s used to be? You mean they’ve already been and gone? I think they weren’t even open yet when I was last at the Amante in that neighborhood!

    But thank you for the info – "Game Guild" maybe? – I’ll have to pedal up there sometime and check it out. If they have comfy couches AND an environment encouraging of all things video game, they will be a fine successor to Cafe Play.

  3. valerie on June 10th, 2008 @ 9:16 am

    Used is right! Eppie’s was on the PS Mall last summer in cart form only. It was great while it lasted. There was a comment book on the counter and several expressed some concern about the place staying open with their cheap prices. They tried adding chili to make through the winter, but it wasn’t a go.

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