Rival Restaurants Walk Through – EverythingBoardGames.com

Quick Look: Rival Restaurants

Designers: Gary Alaka, Rob Chew, Jon Kang
Artist: Audrey Jung
Publisher: Gap Closer Games
Year Published: 2019

No. of Players: 2-6

Ages: 10+

Playing Time: 45-60 minutes.

From the Publisher:

Your goal in Rival Restaurants is to be the first restaurant to get 20 popularity points and be crowned “The Wiener!” Players earn popularity points by buying and trading for ingredients and using them to “cook” (complete) recipes. The more advanced the recipe, the more points it’s worth.

Each day, players move through three phases:

1. MONEY and MOVE: Players collect their income for the day and decide where they want to move. Turn economy is crucial as players are not permitted to move for the rest of the day once their location has been chosen.

2) BUY and BARTER: Players have one minute to buy as much as they want but only from the location they’re in. Players can also barter/trade with anyone in the game, not just the people in their location.

3) COOK and COUNTER. Any player who has all the ingredients required for their recipe can cook it and collect popularity points.

In addition, each player controls a chef equipped with their own “chef power”. Chef powers are asymmetrical and allow players to bend the rules in their favor. The base game of Rival Restaurants has twelve chefs, and additionally, at the beginning of the game, each player must choose a restaurant to play, with each restaurant having a unique level-up structure with rewards for reaching 3, 7, and 12 popularity points. Lastly, players can also choose to buy “action cards”, that is, development cards that are typically for one-time use.


Today Harry of @North of 60 Gaming takes you through the unboxing, organization, setup and rules for Rival Restaurant, with a few examples of game play. This is a game Filled, with Fun, Frantic play.

00:00 – Opening Credits

00:17 – Introduction

01:03 – What’s in the box?

07:41 – Let’s Get Organized.

11:40 – Un-Unboxing

14:43 – Setting up the board’

16:02 – Setting up the Player Area

21:01 – Turn Order

22:11 – Multiple Chef’s bid on the same item.

24:53 – Money and Move

26:23 – Buy and Barter

28:22 – Cook and Counter

28:39 – Little on Action Cards

29:09 – More on Cooking

33:20 – A few Notes

35:36 – Final Thoughts

Game Web site: https://gapcloserpublishing.com/collections/featured/products/rival-restaurants

BGG Link. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/262114/rival-restaurants

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After watching Harry’s review, if this sounds like a game for you at the time of this posting Rival Restaurants is available for purchase on Gapcloserpublishing for only $59. Check it out and pick up your copy HERE.
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Harry Jacobs- Reviewer

Harry has been a gamer for over 5 decades, his first games were strategic war games from Avalon Hill and Strategic Publications Incorporated (SPI). Currently he resides in Yellowknife Northwest Territories in Canada, a city known to hold most of the cold weather records in Canada. While not playing games or working, his five dogs keep him busy around the house and yard. He is active in Ptarmicon Game Knights a club dedicated to bringing gaming to the communities in the Territories and can be often found teaching games both on club nights and at their various events. He looks forward to bringing his reviews and perspective of various games, in order for you to make an informed decision around buying and playing games. You can also catch Harry nigh-lighting as the North of 60 Gaming HERE.

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