We’re hiring Assistant Managers!!

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is in search of great Assistant Managers looking to start a choose-your-own-adventure with us at our new board game cafe in Queen Village, Philadelphia.

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is a full service restaurant with a liquor license, a library of 1,000+ board games, and retail sales. Our menu focuses on plant-based small plates and international appetizers. We strive to keep people coming back for more with delicious, creative twists on classics; sourced as local as we can, and with a low impact on the planet. 

The Assistant Manager position will be responsible for front of house operations. Core measures are: customer experience, game library management, and retail sales. 

This is a full time and fulfilling position with definite chances for advancement as we grow our brand! It requires availability to work varying schedules including holidays, weekends, and alternate shifts. As a full time position, the Assistant Manager is eligible for our health insurance plan and other benefits.

**Qualified candidates must have 2+ years of experience managing front of house in a high-volume restaurant. Knowledge of board games and board game culture preferred but not required. Retail experience is preferred but not required. Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods. May require pushing, lifting up to 50 pounds, bending and reaching, stooping, kneeling, or crouching, as needed.**

 Duties include:

  • Set the example in leading front of house staff.
  • Train and encourage professional development of staff.
  • Demonstrate great communication skills – in person, on the phone, by email, in text messages, or when using any other communication tool.
  • Resolve any issues or complaints that arise through your own action or by communicating with a Manager.
  • Ensure all cash handling policies and procedures are followed.
  • Abide by all state, federal, and local requirements for serving alcoholic beverages, and ensure proper liquor controls are in place.
  • Ensure that the restaurant complies with all sanitation and safety standards for front of house operations. 
  • Participate in Queen & Rook marketing efforts and stay informed on food, customer service, and board game trends.
  • Manage sales and stock of retail games and game library.
  • Other duties as required.

Successful applicants should be flexible and ready to jump in wherever needed. They must have positive energy, a passion for customer service, be professional and strive for perfection, while also loving a fun environment with a diverse cast of characters who will rely on you and will be relied on by you. 

TO APPLY:

Email your cover letter, resume, and references to: info@queenandrookcafe.com  Note “Asst. Manager” in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled.

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, ability, ancestry, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

We’re hiring Dishwashers- Porters!!

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is in search of Dishwasher/Porter to join us at our new board game cafe in Queen Village, Philadelphia. 

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is an all-day full service cafe with a liquor license and 1,000 board games. Our menu focuses on plant-based small plates and international appetizers. We strive to keep people coming back for more with delicious, creative twists on classics; sourced as local as we can, and with a low impact on the planet. 

Full time and fulfilling position with definite chances for advancement as we grow our brand! Full time position eligible for health insurance plan and other benefits.

A qualified applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds, stand for long periods, work in a hot damp environment, and follow instructions over the noise of a high volume kitchen.

Duties include:

– Proper maintenance of the dishwasher and dishwashing station.

– Ensure that dishes and cookware are sanitized and available as needed.

– Sweeping and mopping of restaurant.

– Completes assigned prep work and pre-service duties, including stocking deliveries.

– Cleaning and sanitation tasks at the end of the shift, including work area and restrooms.

– Light kitchen duties including washing, cleaning, and chopping.

– Thorough understanding of safe food handling.

Candidate should be hardworking, a reliable team player and hungry for more responsibility and opportunity!

TO APPLY:

Email your resume, and references to: info@queenandrookcafe.com  Note “Dishwasher/Porter” in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled.

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, ability, ancestry, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

We’re hiring Hosts!!

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is in search of great Host looking to start a choose-your-own-adventure with us at our new board game cafe in Queen Village, Philadelphia.

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is a full service restaurant with a liquor license, a library of 1,000+ board games, and retail sales. Our menu focuses on plant-based small plates and international appetizers. We strive to keep people coming back for more with delicious, creative twists on classics; sourced as local as we can, and with a low impact on the planet. 

The Host position will be responsible for reception and retail area. 

This is a part time position with definite chances for advancement as we grow our brand! It requires availability to work varying schedules including holidays, weekends, and alternate shifts. 

 Duties include:

  • Greet customers as soon as they walk through the door.
  • Maintain a neat, organized front-of-house environment.
  • Seat guests and take initial drink orders as needed to ensure speed of service.
  • Assist with opening/closing tasks and side work as needed.
  • Communicate well with other staff.
  • Rotate seating between different stations to ensure even workloads for waitstaff.
  • Answer phones and schedule reservations.
  • Use of Reservation/ loyalty software
  • Use of Point of Sale system for merchandise purchases.
  • Training on retail board game section to make guided recommendations.
  • Other duties as required.

 Qualifications and skills

Qualified candidates must have at least 1 year of experience as a host in a high-volume restaurant.  Retail experience is a plus. Knowledge of board games and board game culture preferred but not required. Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods. May require pushing, lifting up to 50 pounds, bending and reaching, stooping, kneeling, or crouching, as needed. Must have the ability to stay off cell phone during shift. You should also be the type of person that can keep calm and stay pleasant under pressure and while handling multiple tasks.

Successful applicants should be flexible and ready to jump in wherever needed. They must have positive energy, a passion for customer service, be professional and strive for perfection, while also loving a fun environment with a diverse cast of characters who will rely on you and will be relied on by you. 

TO APPLY:

Email your resume, and references to: info@queenandrookcafe.com  Note “Host” in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled.

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, ability, ancestry, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

We’re hiring Gamekeepers!!

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is in search of Gamekeepers looking to start a choose-your- own-adventure with us at our new board game cafe in Queen Village, Philadelphia. Queen & Rook Game Cafe is a full service restaurant with a liquor license, a library of 1,000+ board games, and retail sales. Our menu focuses on plant-based small plates and international appetizers. We strive to keep people coming back for more with delicious, creative twists on classics; sourced as local as we can, and with a low impact on the planet. 
 
As the Gamekeeper you are responsible for the guest experience with the game library.


You will be the primary source of game recommendation and quick walk-throughs as well as rules knowledge for our guests. You will need to tailor the recommendation to the particular group and situation based on personal knowledge of the game.


** This is a part time position. Knowledge of board games and board game culture is required. Previous experience in a high-volume full-service restaurant is preferred but not required. Teaching or training experience is preferred but not required. Roleplaying Game Master experience is preferred but not required. Must be able to stand, walk, bend and reach for extended periods. May require pushing, lifting up to 35 pounds, stooping, kneeling, or crouching, as needed. **
 
 Duties include:
● Greeting and interacting with guests in a warm welcoming manner.
● Training on and teaching the many board games in our game library.
● Able to make thoughtful and fun recommendations to guests looking for a game to play, while avoiding judgment about their choices.
● Able to provide quick walk-throughs to teach guests how to play the games they choose.
● Participate in Queen & Rook marketing efforts and stay informed on customer service, and board game trends.
● Performing Game Master duties for RPG game session when needed.
● Support sales and stock of retail games and game library.
● Stay informed on board game culture, including trends, major releases,
conventions, etc.
● Assisting with bussing tables or attending to food service when needed.
● Quickly and accurately handle payment.

● Arrive on time to each shift ready to work.
● Other duties as required.
 
Successful applicants should be flexible and ready to jump in wherever needed. They must have positive energy, a passion for customer service, and the ability to interact with the public and coworkers in a friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing manner.
TO APPLY:

Email your resume, gaming experience and references to:
info@queenandrookcafe.com  Note “Gamekeeper” in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled.

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, ability, ancestry, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

We’re hiring Line Cooks!!

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is in search of great Line Cooks to join us at our new board game cafe in Queen Village, Philadelphia.

**Qualified candidates for the line cook positions must have two or more years of experience as a line cook in fast-paced, high volume kitchens.**

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is an all-day full service cafe with a liquor license and 1,000 board games. Our menu focuses on plant-based small plates and international appetizers. We strive to keep people coming back for more with delicious, creative twists on classics; sourced as local as we can, and with a low impact on the planet. We will be using international ingredients and influences from around the world, so an expansive palate and an open mind is good too. 

Proper food handling and sanitation procedures must be followed at all times. A valid Serve-Safe certification is required, but can be obtained prior to starting. Proper and safe use and maintenance of all kitchen equipment is mandatory.

Full time and fulfilling position with definite chances for advancement as we grow our brand! Full time position eligible for health insurance plan and other benefits.

Duties include:

– Prepare food to order as specified by the Chef.

– Accurately follow recipes.

– Operate, maintain, and properly clean kitchen equipment.

– Pre-service prep to set up and stock stations with all necessary supplies.

– Organization of kitchen areas including your station, walk-in, and dry goods pantry.

– Stock, date, rotate, and check temperature of products.

– Follows all safe food handling procedures.

– Attention to all allergy and customer requests.

Applicant should have positive energy, be professional and strive for perfection, while also loving a fun environment with a diverse cast of characters who will rely on you and will be relied on by you.

Preference given to Cooks with experience in plant-based or vegetarian cuisine, or who are eager to learn it.  

TO APPLY:

Email your resume, and references to: info@queenandrookcafe.com  Note “Line Cook” in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled.

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, ability, ancestry, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

We’re hiring Servers!!

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is in search of great Servers looking to start a choose-your-own-adventure with us at our new board game cafe in Queen Village, Philadelphia.

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is a full service restaurant with a liquor license, a library of 1,000+ board games, and retail sales. Our menu focuses on plant-based small plates and international appetizers. We strive to keep people coming back for more with delicious, creative twists on classics; sourced as local as we can, and with a low impact on the planet. 

Full time and part time positions are available with full time being eligible for our health insurance plan. Base pay starts at $6 / hour + tips, more than double the state minimum!

** Previous experience in a high-volume full-service restaurant is preferred. Knowledge of board games and board game culture preferred but not required. Must be able to stand, walk, carry plates, bend and reach for extended periods. May require pushing, lifting up to 35 pounds, stooping, kneeling, or crouching, as needed. Must be at least 18 years old at the time of hire. **

 Duties include:

  • Greeting and interacting with guests in a warm welcoming manner.
  • Guiding guests through our menu; being knowledgeable about our food, preparations, and ingredients. 
  • Taking accurate food and drink orders and providing friendly, attentive service that makes our guests look forward to their next visit.
  • Quickly and accurately handle payment. 
  • Arrive on time to each shift ready to work.
  • Learn about board games for sale and in our game library and be able to make recommendations to guests based on training and software assistance.  
  • Other duties as required.

Successful applicants should be flexible and ready to jump in wherever needed. They must have positive energy, a passion for customer service, and the ability to interact with the public and coworkers in a friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing manner.

TO APPLY:

Email resume, and references to: info@queenandrookcafe.com  Note “Server” in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled. 

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, ability, ancestry, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Location Announcement!!

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., June 20, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Philly Games Inc. announces its first location of Queen & Rook Game Cafe will be near the corner of 2nd and South Streets, at the site of the former Hikaru restaurant. Philadelphia’s newest player in is getting ready to make its first move with a late Summer opening. They promise a game library of more than 1,000 new and vintage board games, a retail section, easy to share plates, local drafts and a full liquor license.

Queen and Rook Game Cafe


Edward Garcia, a founder and the CEO said, “With more than a thousand game options and Gamekeepers to tailor the experience to your group, the fun is almost guaranteed. Philadelphia needs more options for family-friendly entertainment. It needs more options for get-togethers and dates that don’t involve just eating or drinking.” Queen & Rook Game Cafe will do all those things. They will offer a place for families to have children’s parties and meals where the kids aren’t begging for a smartphone.

Except for special events, kids under 12 will not be charged the playing fee. Queen & Rook will also make sure to offer kid’s meals and several non-alcoholic cocktails and drinks. At the same time Queen and Rook will also offer a new and different kind of date place or hang out spot, nostalgic and yet new. Queen and Rook will also have a reservable private room for team building, corporate events, parties, community meetings or gaming groups.

In terms of food, Queen & Rook Game Cafe will offer a healthier, more future-oriented, mainly plant-based menu. They will serve the small plates and appetizers people love to snack like nachos, mozzarella sticks, and french fries; but will also offer vegan sliders, a vegan cheese plate, deluxe salads, and many gluten-free options.

Jeannie Wong, a founder and a vegetarian for more than 25 years said, “The future is happening now with meat alternatives and healthier, less environmentally damaging food and drink. We think people want something really delicious without having to feel bad about what or where they eat. It’s about a commitment to have plant-based options, local sourcing, allergen-friendly foods, globally-inspired offerings, and foods with a smaller carbon footprint.”

Queen & Rook Game Cafe will be open 7 days a week from 11am to Midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Weekend brunch plans are in the works as well, plus a few surprises in the fall.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter: @queenrookcafe

Address: 607 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia PA 19147
Opening Date: Late Summer 2019
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11am to Midnight, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Games without Frontiers

Games Without Frontiers is a new series of short essays about gaming, coffee, and culture designed to celebrate the various facets of Queen and Rook cafe with talented writer Sarah Archer, a design and culture writer, whose new book The Midcentury Kitchen: America’s Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s, is available now.

In this series you’ll find deep dives into specific games and game pieces, discover the difference between Vietnamese and Turkish coffee, wax nostalgic about the games you played as a child and learn about some classics you may have missed. One of our aims at Queen and Rook is to connect generations across the gaming table with classic RPG’s and board games as well as introduce you to your new favorites, fostering friendly competition outside the digital realm. This series will give you a preview to who we are and what we care about as we get ready to open later this summer.

Winter Wonderland pop ups


With our first successful pop up last week we happily announce the next two pop ups around the first days of Winter!

On the 21st and 22nd we will once again be at Cherry Street Pier with lots of Board games and Quizzo. We will bring holiday themed board games like The Christmas Story Board Game, Home alone and It’s a Wonderful life as well as Game of Throne Board Games, because you know winter is coming.

We will make sure to bring other Board games too for the 21st in the evening from 6 to 9pm as well as on Saturday from 1 to 5pm.

Join us, the weather outside won’t be frightful and our games will be so delightful. It is a space open to the weather though so be sure to bundle up!

Directions Here

Expecto Poptronum


Expecto Poptronum: Harry Potter Game Night and Quizzo, Friday Dec 7th


Queen & Rook Game Cafe is very excited to host our first pop up at Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia on December 7th from 6 – 10pm! We’ll have a lot of HP themed games including: Battle at Hogwarts, Fantastic Beasts Perilous Pursuit, Harry Potter Code Names and lots of out-of-print games like Mystery at Hogwarts and the Chamber of Secrets Trivia Game. We will have team prizes for Quizzo too — so come have a great time with some Potter fans!

You won’t have to disapparate to get food — Hardena/Waroeng Surabaya and Cooperage will both be open at Cherry Street Pier until 10pm so you can get delicious food and warming drinks while you play. Be sure to bundle up! Directions Here

(FREE!)