Cafes are getting ‘dicey’…..

I love it when someone has a dream and acts on it.

Conexio Games Café at Albany Creek was a dream for owner Michael which took over 3 years in the planning and has now been operating for 7 months. Michael saw similar cafes with bookshops included and with a love of all things board games he decided to combine the two. Recognising also a need to disconnect from devices and our busy lives, he has created a local haven where friends, families and locals can just kick back with some good food, have some fun and reconnect. How lucky are we to have this in our backyard?

Drawing on his background education in psychology and experience in policing along with personal experiences of loss, Michael has realised how important our personal relationships are. How true is it that we often get so caught up with our day to day lives that we don’t stop to “smell the roses” and take stock of what is really important to us? We all need some down time and what better way than spending it creating memories with family and friends.

Board game cafes are very popular in the United States, Canada and throughout Europe. This is a worldwide phenomenon which is now gaining interest in Australia. Conexio Games Café offers a more premium experience with a restaurant purposely built to deliver this. It has been designed deliberately to be comfortable and appeal to “gamers” and “non-gamers” alike. Michael has created a space that is truly family friendly whilst also providing a social outing option for young adults, as well as adults seeking something different to make a night out to remember.

Conexio Games Café is a licensed restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner dining in as well as take away. They have a library of over 400 board games that you can borrow to play in store. There are games suitable from children as young as 3 through to adults. From easy to those involving some strategy. There’s a small charge if you just want to play which is reduced if you buy a meal and drink and there are free play deals during weekdays. You can also join as a member which offers unlimited play, discounted drinks and retail games, with a free birthday meal and special offers and events. Kids under 15 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. There is research showing that board games are great for cognitive and social development as well as keeping minds active linking to longevity.

I was amazed at the huge range of games. There’s something for everyone and if you find one you love there’s a retail section so you can buy them also. Board games have come a long way since I was a kid that’s for sure. You don’t have to play and can just dine in. Conexio serves locally roasted Cleanskin Coffee along with locally brewed beers from Brendale Brewing Company. They source their restaurant ingredients locally as well.

Thursday nights are social games night and it’s a night for gamers and the adult social market. It’s also a night for making new friends with likeminded people having fun. They also host local game designers who wish to showcase their games that are in development or new to the market. Conexio Games Café is often frequented by family groups during the day and on the weekends. They promote local interrelated events and community activity like podcasts with a focus on things that are great for family outings and anything that supports and encourages the games community in a positive way.

Michael loves being part of the local community and all of his staff are locals. His vision for Conexio Games Café is for it to be seen as a community hub. A place that is seen as part of the local community and a place that people feel a sense of ownership and belonging to. His hopes are to bring people back to this fun simple social pastime or introduce them to it if they have never played. He loves being part of the vibrant Brisbane games community with the many games designers, podcasts, clubs and related events across Brisbane and he regularly supports and promotes them. He’d love to duplicate this concept in other locations.

Michael’s vision is to make a difference and feel that in his life he has mattered. He personally wants to just be happy, creative and able to enjoy life and those he shares it with. He’d love to see a world where people and not money or resources are the priority. He also believes that the cornerstone of great family and relations comes from creating deep meaningful relationships through shared experiences and those experiences can be of the simplest of things. When most people reminisce they often recall fondly those basic experiences as those they enjoyed the most. He believes that great communities are built upon the foundation of great relationships and that if we get the small things right then the bigger ones will take care of themselves.

Conexio Games Café is located at Shop 3/57 Old Northern Road, Albany Creek and is opened Monday to Wednesday 7am – 3pm, Thursday and Friday 7am – 9pm, Saturday 8am – 9pm and Sunday 8am – 7pm. There is off street parking so pop in and say hi to Michael, Wes and April and stay for a while you won’t regret it.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *