Queen & Rook Is About to Open With Board Games and Vegetarian Fare

Get a sneak peek inside and check out the menu at the Queen Village board game cafe and bar.

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Back in June, we told you that Philly would be getting a third board game cafe. Now, Queen & Rook is ready to open at 607 South 2nd Street in Queen Village.

Edward Garcia, who owns the cafe and bar with his wife Jeannie Wong, tells Foobooz that Queen & Rook will open its doors this Friday, September 13th at 5 p.m.

The cafe is stocked with more than 1,000 board games for guests to play, including role-playing games and some vintage editions, as well as a selection of new games for purchase. The kitchen will serve a mostly-vegetarian take on comforting bites and bar fare, with a kids menu and lots of vegan and gluten-free options.

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Photo courtesy of Queen & Rook

The liquor license isn’t quite there yet — Garcia is hoping it comes through by opening day — so in the meantime, Queen & Rook will serve alcohol-free cocktails and soft drinks, plus Vietnamese coffee from CaPhe Roasters and espresso drinks made with beans from Philly Fare Trade Roasters and Ox Coffee.

For the first couple of weeks, hours at Queen & Rook will be 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday; after that, they’ll expand weekday hours. Check out the food menu below.

Small Plates

Blistered shishito peppers with tamari glaze VG/GF $5
Steamed edamame (soy) VG/GF $6
Seitan rinds (barbecue, jerk ) VG $6
Gritty snack mix $4
Kale salad with toasted hazel nuts and onions – VG $6
Greek Salad $6 Vegan feta option +$1

Medium Plates

Tacos: Choice of Jackfruit carnitas (VG/GF), Korean tempeh (VG/GF) or Salvadoran sea fry (VG) $10
Tenders and fries basket (Ranch, honey mustard or barbecue sauce) VG $8
Fried mozzarella sticks with marinara $6 Vegan +$1
French fry basket (Ketchup or sriracha mayo) GF/VG $4
Togarashi or rosemary Parmesan fries basket GF $5
Fried cauliflower (Korean barbecue or Buffalo) GF/VG $6

Large Plates

Hummus, veggies and pita or gluten-free crackers  $12
Nachos $14 Vegan +$2, Veggie chikn or chorizo +$3
Cheese plate $15 Vegan cheese plate +$2


Apple slices and peanut butter $3 Sun butter +$1
Mac & cheese $6 Vegan cheddar +$1
Bagel pizza $6 Vegan mozzarella+$1
Pasta with butter or vegan butter- $6
PB&J $6 GF $+1


Ice cream (Vanilla, chocolate, cookies and cream (Vegan option available) $4
Milkshakes (Vanilla, chocolate, creamsicle, cookies and cream) $7 (Vegan option available)
Cookie dough with Biscoff bookies VG $6
Chocolate mousse VG $5