Game Site Reviews

Investigating Ohedo

Ohedo is a Japanese board game cafe located in Hamilton, ON - or at least that's how it is advertised. With prime placement on Main Street, it has multiple gamers buzzing about when it's going to open.

At Where2Game, I am looking out for the best and newest local gaming venues. My interest piqued when Ohedo was suggested by a reader. Ohedo is a Japanese board game cafe located in Hamilton, ON – or at least that’s how it is advertised. With prime placement on Main Street, it has multiple gamers buzzing about when it’s going to open. The main issue I’ve found is that there isn’t a lot of information to find! So, I put on my Dick Tracy gumshoes and go to work to see what I could find.

The first place I turned to was Google. With it’s community based review system, I figured someone would have information.

Google location information for Ohedo as of Jun 14, 2018
Ohedo screen capture from Google on Jun 14, 2018

It’s missing a lot of information. So looked for their website to no avail, and from the Google Review it seems it is unclaimed. Ohedo doesn’t have an English website up and running from what I found and since I’m monolingual I haven’t been able to search in either Mandarin or Japanese. This location is very close to Columbia International College which is a private boarding college with a large student base from China, South Korea, and Japan. It is possible that a website exists for this student body, but I haven’t found one.

Turning to Reddit, I found a couple of posts from inquisitive members of the gaming community. The theme seemed to be the same: when is Ohedo going to open? /toomuchpie on their post in April 2017 said that they were still waiting for Ohedo to open. Another user, /hotsauceygum echoed this point Feb 2018 in their post when they said that it still had not opened.  The board game room had been coming soon for a year. I needed to know if this was still being worked on or abandoned. So I hit the streets.

I headed down to the Ohedo and it was still sealed up. No sign of activity and in the middle of a renovation. Brown paper lines the large bay windows preventing anyone from seeing in. I was able to go around to the door and it does look like it’s getting set up, but I have not been back to double check my findings and see if anything has been moved.

An empty board cafe in the midst of renovations
An empty board game cafe is a sad board game cafe

To the owners of Ohedo, if you’re out there, you have a community that is still interested and we look forward to reviewing you once you open. Let us know you’re not abandoned and we’ll be happy to update. To our readers, be sure that if something moves on this, we will pick it up and report it.

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