The grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting of the Hawkwood Game Café brought dozens of people together as owners and dignitaries encouraged residents to enjoy quality time together - unplugged.

The Hawkwood Game Café, 50 Broad Street in Milford, features more than 300 (board) games for children and adults of all ages inspiring lively competition and enjoyable time spent with family. In addition to providing family fun and entertainment, Hawkwood’s Café offers a menu of snacks and beverages which include Park Lane Wrap’s, Once Upon a Time Baby Food, Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches, Organic Ice Cream, cookies, popcorn, coffee, tea, soft drinks and a “cold brew on tap.”

Mayor Benjamin Blake, members of the Milford Chamber of Commerce, State Representatives and the family of Owner Ryan McConnell were in attendance as the ribbon cutting and celebration took place. “With over 300 games to choose from, we aim to have something for everyone,” said McConnell. “Whether you want to relive the classic games you grew up with or try out the newest indie titles, we have a tabletop experience for everyone.”

Mayor Blake said, “We have a lot of gamers in Milford, I’m a long-time gamer as is my family. At three years old my son started playing chess and every single board game that exists my family loves to play so we’re excited to have a new addition that also adds additional vibrancy to the town - this is a very cool place!”

“We moved here from Chicago and specifically chose Milford after looking at every single town along the train line,” continued McConnell. “The feeling of this downtown area is what specifically got us here and made us choose Milford. To be a part of this town is extremely exciting for me, the business community has been so helpful and welcoming and my personal friends have helped us building the space out and with the setup. The feeling of community here in Milford is extremely important and this shop is dedicated to people coming in and interacting with each other and sitting together face to face and building on that community feeling. So that’s kind of the whole ethos of the shop.”

“We are very excited at the Chamber to have this new business here in what we consider our entertainment district with all the restaurants and all the family activities so I think it’ll be a great business,” explained Gary Mullin, Executive Director of the Milford Chamber of Commerce.

“This is one of the greatest things that I get to do is come to a grand opening and present a citation from the State of Connecticut,” said State Rep. Kim Rose. “We are always interested in promoting small businesses and see them become successful and I’m sure that this one will.”

The Cafe is open Tuesday-=Friday from 3-11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.