Hi there. Myself, and two other friends are in the information gathering/business plan writing process of forming up and opening a gaming cafe. We are looking to have a mix of terminals and tvs with consoles attached to them for gaming, most likely some tv access if folks are so inclined, and at some point displaying movies either on t.v.s or by projectors. In addition we are contemplating renting out the space to local colleges/businesses/etc as a classroom or demonstration space. We are looking to locate in an area that would be centrally located in terms of collegs, h.s, and the more affluent areas. A major point is to not create a location that will become a 'hole in the wall', but instead be a more open location. We want to promote social networking in such a location. From research I have done, the most successfull places seem to focus on this aspect, and those that have failed really haven't done as such. In addition to games, we are strongly considering serving alcohol to promote the social setting.
My questions to you, the community are thus:
1) There is not a tremendous wealth of information out there on why most gaming cafe's fail. Does anyone here have ideas/considerations?
2) Does anyone here have ideas why particular places might overwhelmingly succeed?
3) With those questions being said, please provide any wisdom that you all may have. I'm not looking solely at the responses given here, this is simply to supplement my already existing research. And apologies if any grammar/spelling is off. Thanks a lot for any help, insight, and wisdom any of you can provide.