Dice and Donuts set to officially open this week

CHEERS: Sanya Motorwala of Vincents and Millie Lavelle.
CHEERS: Sanya Motorwala of Vincents and Millie Lavelle.
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A new concept in café culture is set to open in Preston this week.

Dice and Donuts is officially opening its doors on Thursday, offering customers the chance to enjoy a board game or two while relaxing over a bite to eat and a brew.

The new business is the brainchild of entrepreneur Millie Lavelle, a self- confessed “geek” whose love of board games and a desire to bring people together sparked the idea to launch a specialist café.

She has taken a two-year long lease on a unit on Butler Street in the city centre.

Millie secured start-up funding after winning the Preston Business Improvement District ‘Guild Merchant’ competition earlier this year, supplemented by crowdfunding from 220 “fans” who have all donated money to help get the business off the ground.

The official launch will see many of these supporters join Millie and BBC Radio Lancashire’s John “Gilly” Gilmore for a grand opening. Inside, visitors will have the choice of around 200 board games to play - either alone, with friends or as part of a group put together by the café’s knowledgeable Games Guides - and a selection of cakes, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and, of course, donuts.

Millie said: “This type of social gathering is well known in the Far East where people often come together to play board games, but it’s a fairly new concept in the UK with only a few similar establishments elsewhere in the country.

Sanya Motorwala from Vincents Solicitors, who assisted Millie arranging the lease on her new premises, is looking forward to trying out some new board games herself. She said: “Millie is an extraordinary business woman with great vision and drive.

“She’s bringing an exciting concept to Preston which I think will be really well received.”