Drinking and playing video games isn't just a basement activity — it's one for a night on the town in downtown Englewood. “Everyone's trying to make this stretch of Englewood into something much …
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Drinking and playing video games isn't just a basement activity — it's one for a night on the town in downtown Englewood.
“Everyone's trying to make this stretch of Englewood into something much cooler,” said Jason Ungate, who owns The Tabletop Tap with his wife, Kristin.
Ungate spoke of the sense of community in the downtown area, where several new businesses have opened in roughly the last year along South Broadway. After opening in February, the bar at 3394 S. Broadway held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce Jan. 15.
“Even before (Tabletop) opened up, everyone was friendly, and everyone had advice,” Ungate said of business owners along Broadway. The Whiskey Biscuit and Englewood Grand nearby welcomed Tabletop to the area, Ungate said. “Everyone was super accommodating.”
In the last year, Tabletop has gained a recurring neighborhood crowd and familiar faces, Ungate added. The bar offers more than 100 video games and more than 130 board games — with arcade-game screens built into the bar — and 20 beers on tap, along with ciders and wine, according to its website.
The bar sits among a wave of new businesses in the downtown area: Samadhi Yoga and Peace Cellar, which features plants, jewelry, clothes and more, held openings early last year on the nearby 3400 block. The Duffer Haus bar opened at 3470 S. Broadway in March. Other new faces include Aki Sushi at 3484 S. Broadway and One Barrel, a bistro and wine bar at 3401 S. Broadway that opened in December.
Rachel Brown, 35, played a board game after the ribbon-cutting at the Tabletop event.
“There's lots of up-and-coming places around,” Brown, who lives in Englewood, said of the downtown area.
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