When friends and business partners Desiree Ramey and Rachael Sawyer opened Table Talk SRQ last September, they had the goal of bringing people together for good conversation, tasty food and fun games, without any technological distractions—all part of their "unplug and play" mantra.
Here's how Table Talk works: Once you purchase a $5 all-day gameplay pass, you have access to more than 500 board games from the restaurant's collection. When you've settled down for a game, you can order something off the menu and it will be served right at your table, so you can continue playing. Menu items include appetizers like nachos and soft pretzels, croissant and grilled cheese sandwiches, build-your-own pizzas and soft drinks, or beer and wine.
The best part? The affordability. Ramey says individuals can leave Table Talk having only spent $15, and returning customers can enjoy deals like $20 monthly passes.
Ramey says the business model is the perfect way for families to engage in game nights. "The best thing about board games is that they are inclusive for all ages, from 4 to 104," says Ramey. She believes board games boost cognitive skills and encourage teamwork and laughter that will stick with people the rest of their lives.
"Some couples come here for date night or friends gather for a night out," says Ramey. "They say they relive childhood memories while playing classic games like Sorry, Trivial Pursuit and Operation." Ramey has also seen grandparents come in and play games with their grandkids, or young adults sitting around the table with beers and a card game.
"When we first opened, we focused on Euro games like Catan, Pandemic and Carcassonne," says Ramey. "Then we realized that people were gravitating toward games they grew up playing, so we brought in more Life, Monopoly and Sequence."
Table Talk SRQ also hosts trivia nights that begin at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and offers birthday party rentals. Tables are set six feet apart and masks are required when not eating, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
To say thank you to those who have supported the café in its first year, Ramey and Sawyer are hosting a one-year anniversary event from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. Customers can play for free all day and enjoy free cake from the nearby bakery Edible Elegance By Eli. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the café will have activities for kids, including face painting from noon to 2 p.m., and a trivia event at 6 p.m.
Table Talk SRQ is located at 3999 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. To learn more about the anniversary event, click here, or call (941) 567-4045.