Magic: The Gathering, other games presented at the new Chandler restaurant

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PHOENIX – Fans of Magic: The Gathering and other tabletop games get a unique place to meet, play and dine on the Phoenix Metro.

Mox Boarding House recently announced that its first business beyond the Pacific Northwest will be in Chandler, although no opening schedule has been set.

Construction is underway at the former Iguana Mack’s and Social Box Neighborhood Eatery site at 1371 N. Alma School Road, between Ray Road and Warner Road.

“We are delighted to welcome this unique restaurant and entertainment concept to Uptown Chandler,” Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said in a press release last week.

“This booming area on the north side of Chandler continues to see job growth, redevelopment and new investment. Mox Boarding House is a great addition to the mix and we wish them many years of success.

In addition to a restaurant where patrons can experience games for free while they dine, the venue will include a retail area that sells over 1,000 board games, role-playing games, cards and other table games as well. than a kiosk where players can buy and sell Magic: The Gathering cards.

The site will have over 10,000 square feet of dining and play space and an outdoor patio. It will also have two private rooms with themes based on Arizona history and myths.

The restaurant will offer “specially crafted menus using many locally sourced ingredients, as well as a wide selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails,” according to a blog post from Mox Boarding House.

“Stepping into a Mox hostel is instant transport to a special place. Each of our locations provides an opportunity to unplug and spend quality time with each other, ”said Jorel Miller, director of Mox Boarding House, in the post.

“We offer a sense of community with a wide selection of games, great food and handcrafted drinks, for anyone looking for a unique experience in an environment like no other.”

Mox Boarding House was founded in 2011 and currently has two locations in Washington (Seattle and Bellevue) and one in Portland, Oregon. The concept is the physical arm of Seattle-based Card Kingdom, which specializes in Magic: The Gathering supplies and services.

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