Kaleb Michaud is opening a non-profit cafe dedicated to giving board game enthusiasts a place to get together and play board games.
Michaud, a research professor in rheumatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center who has amassed a personal collection of around 2,000 board games, plans to donate most of his collection to the cafe, which will be called Spielbound, and will be located at 3229 Harney St. Spielbound will likely open this summer, after the building has undergone renovations, Michaud said.
Spielbound will serve coffee and simple menu items including soups, sandwiches and pastries, he said. Eventually, he'd like to get a liquor license, as well.
But Spielbound will ultimately be a board game library, which will make games available to schools and senior centers, as well as to anyone who wanted to drop by, hang out, and play a game, Michaud said. Games will include both classics, such as Monopoly, as well as difficult-to-find European strategy games. Michaud said it was important to him that the offerings be comprehensive.
“The whole point is it doesn't matter what game you like to play,” he said. “It's just good to have a good place to play.”