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Keep Austin Local: Emerald Tavern Games and Café

Enjoy food and beverages, play a board game and support local.

AUSTIN, Texas — Central Texans have seen many businesses shutting down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. KVUE wants to help "Keep Austin Local" by highlighting small businesses that might need a little help.

On Wednesday, KVUE stopped by Emerald Tavern Games and Café to learn about their local business.

This restaurant and game venue has been around since 2013. It is a board game destination. They offer coffee, food, beer, cocktails and games you can rent to play at their location or games to purchase and take home. In late 2019, they moved into their current location offering a full kitchen, bar, and a lot more space.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not been kind on the local business though. They had to go down to a skeleton crew and focus on curbside pickup and a special-order program until they could have customers safely return to the inside of the store. 

Events manager Keith Hodges said they are still struggling from 2020 but are looking forward to things picking up in 2021 so that they can stay afloat.

Emerald Tavern Games and Café has something for everyone. Whether you’re a complete novice or have been playing games for your entire life, all are welcome. The staff is quick to help people learn a new game and will help people explore games based on the customer's interest.

Find Emerald Tavern Games and Café online here or at 9012 Research Blvd #1 in Austin.