Warhammer Cafe Coming To Texas

Games Workshop is setting up shop in Texas! Welcome Y’all!

After GW’s announcement last week that they were planning on opening up a Warhammer Cafe Location in North America, everyone was wondering where exactly there would be landing. Turns out they picked my personal favorite – Texas!

via Warhammer Community

“The Warhammer Cafe will be located in Grapevine, Texas.”

“We thought long and hard about where to open the first Warhammer Cafe, and Grapevine ticked a lot of boxes. For one, there’s a fantastic Warhammer community already in Texas, and we thought they could make great use of a hub for their hobby activity. For another, Grapevine is superbly connected to the rest of Texas – particularly Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth – and indeed, most importantly, to the rest of North America, thanks to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Chances are, wherever you are in the United States, you’ll only be a short hop away.”

Here at BoLS, we’re stoked! We happen to be located in Austin, Texas and we’re already planning to visit the new Warhammer Cafe when it opens. It’s only a 3 hour drive for us! But with that international airport, and it’s central-ish location to the rest of the US, we’re pretty sure it’s a short plane ride for most folks anyways.

We’re looking forward to this new Warhammer Cafe location and can’t wait to see the different events they end up hosting. Welcome to Texas!

The stars at night…

  • ZeeLobby

    Pretty cool for Texas. Sadly nothing in the US is really a short hop away :/

    • marxlives

      Tell me about, when I hear people say “well in Sweden…” I am like you know Texas is bigger than Germany and the entire CONUS is as big as the EU and that isn’t even dropping in Alaska and Hawaii.

  • If they hold some super events like Warhammer WOrld does, I *may* get a group to fly out. Otherwise thats a pretty far jaunt from me and if its just a cafe that sells the same thing as my local does and doesn’t do any real exclusives or events, I’ll pass.

    • orionburn III

      Yeah…it’s going to take Forge World models on site and displays like Warhammer World has to get me to want to go. Too long a drive and too expensive to fly as that being the only reason to go. We’ve been wanting to go to the MotoGP race down there so maybe I can tie it in that one day.

  • orionburn III

    Tough on things like this to find a happy medium for everybody. Would have liked to have seen it end up more towards the Chicago area or Indianapolis. I know the midwest makes a bit harder on west coast people, though. Maybe if this does well enough they’ll open another in the future.

    Unless I have another reason to go to Texas (like a race or something) I doubt I’ll ever go. For what it would cost to go I’d rather put that money towards going to the actual Warhammer World in the UK.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      And grab a pint instead of a coke!

      • EnTyme

        This is Texas. You’re drinking Dr. Pepper, son.

        • marxlives

          That or Big Red

          • EnTyme

            In either case, we drink coke in Texas, not Coke.

    • Yeah I want to hit up the UK and warhammer world hopefully this year for an event.

      • Simon Chatterley

        It’s well worth a trip for sure. Not masses to do on Nottingham mind after the Castle (and the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub) so make sure you see plenty of other bits of the UK whilst you are over

        • Was planning on taking in London for a week 🙂

          • Simon Chatterley

            Yeah that works. London on the other hand has LOTS to do 🙂

          • Hagwert

            Try North Yorkshire…loads to see and do, just stick to the path and beware the moon !

    • HeadHunter

      This is hard on East Coast, West Coast and northern Midwest alike. Great if you live in Texas, not so much anywhere else.
      I’m thinking the decision was influenced by the location of GW US HQ, so placed because it was “central” (aka “equally far away from everywhere in the country”)

      • orionburn III

        I know. There’s no win-win for anyone. Really I thought it would have made more sense to put it closer to a city with a big gaming event. You have Gencon in Indy and Adepticon in Chicago. It just seems an odd location. No offense to the fine folks of Grapevine but it hasn’t exactly been in my Top 10 lists of places to visit…lol

        • GW doesn’t do location well in the US. The GW store in my area is in a strip mall in the exurbs and is the size of a large closet. This despite having one of the highest foot traffic retail spaces in the country nearby.

          • Hagwert

            My dad says back in the late 80’s in Britain all GW stores were like this.

          • marxlives

            Well got to understand that Grapevine Texas puts the store right in the Dallas-Fortworth area, and reasonable weekend vacation/via driving distance from Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. Not only is there a major airport in that metroplex but also in one state Dallas-Fort Worth has 7.2 million people and 6 major universities (go Aggies!), Austin has 2 million people and the abhorent UT Austin, San Antonio has 2.5 million people with colleges up the wazooh, and Houston has 2.3 million people and is a big college town.

            Now remember I am just talking about one region of a state, I am not even talking about West Texas, Pan Handle, South Texas. And this region has a lot of colleges, some big military bases, and a big IT industry. So you are already looking at your biggest consumers of miniature wargames in one region of state whose population is bigger than the states mentioned above and are the prime audience for that type of product (military, college students, and IT professionals).

        • Xodis

          Grapevine is only a short drive away from Dallas and considered part of their “Metroplex”. Its actually quite big and beautiful, especially with Lake Dallas and all too.

          • Will Frank

            Not only that, but Grapevine is right at the north end of the DFW airport, so don’t have to go almost anywhere if you’re flying in.

            And the “But Chicago has Adepticon” is probably a point against it – it would mean competing against it, and they wouldn’t want to do that

          • Xodis

            Plus…its Chicago, we can compare crime statistics and use that as the determining factor if we really wanted to.

          • Meh, there are things to see in Chicago. Not so much in Dallas. If Texas is so great then why won’t Texans stay there. 😉

          • EnTyme
          • wow.
            The things to see list started with horses. Like horses only exist in Dallas. I’m sure there are things to see in Dallas. There are things to see in every city. That website, though, was pretty uninspiring. I feel bad about making the joke now.
            Seriously though, do something to get your Texans back in Texas. Maybe a wall or something.

          • EnTyme

            That seems unnecessarily combative. I’m just trying to give you an idea of some things you could do while in town for a Warhammer event. Don’t be afraid to expand your horizons.

          • I wouldn’t say combative, just industrial grade sarcasm. American cities are pretty bland in general. I love where I live, but I can’t imagine anyone vacationing here. My life has taken me to a good number of cities, including Dallas, that I had no desire to visit. I think my horizons are, if anything, a little too broad. It’s hard for US cities to compete with the likes of Prague, Venice, or Munich.

          • marxlives

            Oh a Europhile…that explains everything.

          • I enjoyed living in Europe. The history gives the cities more character and more of a sense of place imo. Stateside, I’ve lived in Indiana, Colorado, Alabama, Missouri, and now Minnesota. A strip mall is a strip mall. 90% of the food and buildings in each city are interchangeable. Outside of the weather and some geography, waking up in Indianapolis is the same as waking up in Phoenix, which is the same as waking up in Dallas, which is the same as waking up in Atlanta. There are a great number of things Americans do well. Building nice metropolitan areas that are interesting and have character isn’t one of them.
            I’m sorry I don’t think that being from Texas makes someone special, but I just don’t. Since I live in what is probably the nation’s second most self obsessed state, you can take comfort in knowing that I am annoyed by this irritating attachment to geography all the time.

          • marxlives

            What the heck are you talking about? As a Texan and life long one at that, I have no idea what you are referring to.

          • Xodis

            We do for the most part. If Texas wasn’t so great why are so many people moving here and bringing their business here?

            Also Chicago might have things to see, but Dallas has plenty as well. 😉

    • marxlives

      I feel you. Live here and I wouldnt go to the cafe unless I was on vacation for other stuff (Ripley’s BioN, 6 Flags, Cowboys/Rangers/Spurs game) and it was more of a side trip. But East Texas a huge metroplex so that shop is going to make money.

  • As a resident of Texas this seems like an odd location. Grapevine is kind of just a town sort of near Dallas, but not close to anything else. My guess is that it will be in/near the Grapevine Mills mall, one of those SuperMalls and the only reason people go to Grapevine. I would have thought they’d put it in an actual city like Dallas or Houston. Even within Texas nothing is a “short hop” away; to get to Grapevine would be a 5 hour drive for me.

    • HeadHunter

      In a states that takes 11 hours to cross, even most Texans couldn’t make a day trip out of this.

    • YetAnotherFacelessMan

      Grapevine already has a thriving 40k community that gets most of us from the DFW area. I wonder if this is a play to finally get GW control of that specific region away from Madness Games.

      • Will Frank

        The reason for Grapevine is, two fold: Just off the airport, and a short trip to the other side of the airport from GW HQ NA

  • euansmith

    Line Dancing and 40k? An interesting juxtaposition.

    • EnTyme

      Fer the glory of the Empror, y’all!

      • euansmith

        ‘member Cadia!

  • HeadHunter

    Equally distant for everyone in the nation, including Texans…
    Sure, it’s a short plane ride, as long as you don’t count all the hassle of airports. Unless it’s literally Warhammer World USA, I can’t imagine most people spending plane fare to attend. If it’s not close enough for a weekend road trip, is it really “central”?
    We’re talking about a state that takes 11 hours to drive across – the largest state in the contiguous United States. I’d hardly call it a “short hop”.
    New York, Los Angeles, Chicago… you know, the nation’s largest cities? Around 1000-1500 miles away, hardly convenient.

    • EnTyme

      Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex is fourth largest city in the country, man.

      • HeadHunter

        Yes, and it’s over 1000 miles away from any of the three larger ones, man – all pf which are *several* times more populous than DFW.
        (And I think it’s actually fifth, behind Houston)

        • EnTyme

          Metro area, not city. Dallas is a land-locked city with nowhere to expand but up and has been for several decades. Same with most major cities. Looking at the population of the city doesn’t really give you a good picture of the population. There really is no difference geographically, architecturally, or culturally between Dallas, Arlington, Grapevine, Ft. Worth, Irving, etc. You don’t even know you’re in a different municipality if you aren’t looking for the signs. It’s kind of like the difference between Brooklyn and Queens. Unless you’re from there, it doesn’t really matter. If you’re looking at metro areas, New York/Newark is the largest by far, followed by Los Angeles/Anaheim, then Chicago, and then Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston.

          Look at it this way: Dallas is the largest metropolitan area in the second most populous state with the fourth busiest international airport, has one of the largest wargaming communities in the country and within 300 miles of 8% of the US population. Any way you cut it, it’s as good a choice as any other major metropolitan area.

          • HeadHunter

            …except proximity to the rest of the nation – which is my whole point. Sure, it’s close by air – but if that’s the criterion, anywhere else in the country would be just as favorable and just as accessible. All other means of travel place Texas as far as possible from most of the country.

          • EnTyme

            Is the same not true for every other possible location? This is a big country, HeadHunter. If the cafe was in LA, it would be on the opposite side of the country for 80% of the population. If it were built in New York, it would be 3,000 miles from those on the West Coast. The only effective way to travel to any particular city for most of the country is are travel. Dallas may not be the “best” possible location, but it is as good as any other. Factor in that GW already has corporate offices there, and it’s not hard to see why they chose Dallas. I assure you, they didn’t just blindfold Duncan and have him throw a dart at a map of the US (though I would like to see that video). They did research.

          • HeadHunter

            Since when did GW start doing research? Are we talking the same company that runs out of stock on new releases due to “unexpected demand”? The only reason they chose Dallas over Chicago or St. Louis is because their headquarters is there – likely the same reason Warhammer World is in Nottingham and not London.

          • marxlives

            To be fair, all of England is a tiny island. When a country is basically Rhode Island aren’t all cities pretty much in the same place.

  • PrimoFederalist

    I hope you Texans patron the store well so we get one on the East and West Coast eventually.

    • HeadHunter

      That would be the ideal solution.

    • Hagwert

      I think your right, this is GW dipping their toe in the water to see how it goes before they roll this new venture out across the US and Canada.

    • Pretty much this

  • Shelltoon

    Definitely planning a vacation. I live in Omaha, NE, and I’m pretty sure my car is not in shape to handle a 9 hour drive!

  • Sonic tooth

    man i hate that cartoony art style so much grumble grumble….

    • Ronin

      I love it. 😛

    • Vanders

      Yeah, it doesn’t really scream Warhammer. It would have been cooler with a pub theme like an old tavern in Altdorf or something.

  • HeadHunter

    Not necessarily saying it should have been Pittsburgh, but there are at least a dozen major cities in around a 350-mile radius. It’s no farther from Dallas or Chicago than Grapevine is from most major cities, and West Coast fans already have more than a “short hop” to get to DFW anyways.

    • Bernard Jackson II

      As another Pittsburgh native, this would have given me a reason to move back home.

      • HeadHunter

        I’m a Buffalo native, actually – with no reason to move back “home”. 😀 I like it here.

  • Txabi Etxebarrieta

    As an Austinite…I’ll just stick to the local board game cafe/pub, Emerald Tavern, for my gaming needs please and thanks.

  • D. B.

    What? No “I’ve Heard It Through The Grapevine” jokes yet?

  • Nick Vaughn

    Considering the majority of Texas lives within the 3 hour San Antonio, Houston, DFW triangle, it’s an awesome location, and based on their comments, it sounds like Texans support GW in a big way. Probably doesn’t hurt that there are some rather large military bases in that triangle as well.

    I’m one of the Texas outlyers in El Paso (10 hour drive) and still make my way to DFW at least annually for sports, concerts, or just other fun (great wolf lodge in grapevine is fun for families).

    Nothing in this country is “close”. Put it in NY or LA and you cut off a hudge chunk of the nation. At least DFW is centrally located, has a lot of stuff to do nearby, and is in the heart of a large chunk of their player base. Its a logical decision to me.

    • HeadHunter

      The thing is, it’s only “centrally located” to residents of that triangle. To everywhere else, it’s as remote as one of the coasts when it comes to air travel.

      • Nick Vaughn

        Is it? You can hit DFW from any half decent airport anywhere in the country.

        The reality is if they put it anywhere in the country, it’s bound to upset a huge chunk of other people elsewhere in the country. This way the put it in one of the largest metros in the nation that’s equidistant from both coasts and it’s also itself in the heart of a huge population and playerbase. Make no mistake, GW placed it where they likely already have huge sales to begin with.

        • HeadHunter

          My point Nick, is that by air, it doesn’t matter if it’s DFW, LA or NYC. The difference in flight times is a negligible factor. But by all other means of travel, Texas is a distant locale for almost everyone else in the USA. In terms of time, Chicago would be just as accessible to everyone by air (including Texans) but would also be more convenient to those who travel by road or rail.

          • Nick Vaughn

            Again, my guess is they also chose Texas because there is a huge number of players nearby and the sales in the region beats the crap out of most other regions. Chicago is much larger a metro and is 2nd only to NYC in overall tourism, yet it wasn’t chosen.

            Grapevine is probably a lot cheaper to run a larger store than Chicago (or any other big city), taxes are a lot less, and let’s face it, a much safer location. I’m sure a lot of market research went into their decision and it boiled down to sticking it in one of their sales hotbeds with reasonable costs and near a major international airport.

      • Xodis

        Not really. Not only is there DFW airport which is a major international airport, there is Love Field which caters to all sorts of smaller class aircraft nearby.

  • Boondox

    I thought they would expand the store in Memphis.

  • Ronin

    Aw. I was hoping it’d be in the Nova area.

  • Xodis

    Born and raised close to Grapevine, it’ll be nice to visit when I visit the family.

    • Xodis

      Ill still be VERY upset if we dont at least get some type of access to Warhammer World Models.

  • Angry Panda

    Should of put it in NY, or anywhere on the east coast. Sad!

  • SacTownBrian

    Booooo!

  • Ah well, hopefully it does well so they put another one somewhere I’d actually visit! I’d be more likely to fly to Nottingham than visit some random suburb of America’s lamest large city lol

  • marxlives

    That is a pretty smart move the only things bigger than 40k out in East Texas (sorry but you all are not “Central” okay) is God, Guns, and Glory for our country. Well unless you are talking about Austin Texas #KeepAustinWierd.