Couns. Mark MacKinnon and Rodrigo Goller said on Tuesday morning that they are seeking new business proprietors to take over their gaming cafe in downtown Guelph citing a “conflict-of-interest” and will be focusing instead on municipal governance.

The Boardroom, known as “Guelph’s gaming café”, opened its doors as a co-operative business on Wyndham St. North in the summer of 2016 with the aim of providing an open, accessible and inclusive board gaming space.

“We are proud of the space and culture we have created with our downtown gaming cafe,” MacKinnon said in a press release, adding that “many new friendships have developed since we opened.”

“Unfortunately, both Rodrigo and I have a ‘pecuniary interest’ or ‘conflict of interest’ regarding our city councillor roles when policies and developments are discussed that touch upon our part of the downtown.”

The upcoming changes to Baker St. parking lot as the new home of the main public library as part of a major redevelopment plan, and the Council votes that accompany it, would have the pair abstain from a lot of the planning.

However, they now seek “passionate new owners” to carry The Boardroom or possibly “move the business into an exciting refreshed direction” as the pair move on to focus on their elected positions.

Those interested in seeking ownership of the board game cafe can reach out via email or learn more on the cafe’s website. There is one other owner identified on by the Boardroom online, but is just listed as David.

MacKinnon was first elected for Ward 6 in 2014 and was re-elected in the 2018 municipal election. Goller is a rookie councillor also elected last year, representing Ward 2