Gaming enthusiasts plan an elevated board game cafe for Burnsville


A proposed cafe in Burnsville seeks to address a growing interest in tabletop board games and trading cards with a new Twin Cities venue for enthusiasts.

Plans for the Fox Den Board Game Café are set to be presented to Burnsville City Council on Tuesday, with the plans receiving unanimous approval from the city’s planning commission earlier this month.

Apple Valley resident Mitchell Retka and his business partner Brandon Read are behind the concept, which is similar to Lodestone Coffee and Games in Minnetonka and Gamezenter in Roseville.

“We would really like this space in the southern metropolitan area,” Retka told the Planning Commission, adding that they hoped to differentiate Fox Den with higher amenities.

Coffee, bubble tea, and non-alcoholic bottled beverages are provided for the cafe, with pizzas, waffles, and appetizers to share on the menu.

The café layout includes an assortment of gaming tables and three semi-private rooms, each designed to accommodate games lasting from two to eight hours.

If approved, Fox Den plans to open with hours of operation 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to midnight Friday, and 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.


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