Rival Restaurants

Created by Rival Restaurants (Gap Closer Games)

A real-time board game about competitive restaurant owning. Use your chef's power, cook recipes, and lead your restaurant to gastronomical glory. 2-6 Players, Ages 10+

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Only 36 HOURS left to back Rival Restaurants's Expansion: Back for Seconds!
3 months ago – Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 12:35:51 AM


If you're reading this, that means you were one of the 4,191 original backers for Rival Restaurants. To us, that means a lot. After all, without you, there would be no "expansion" for Rival Restaurants (because there would be no "Rival Restaurants" to begin with)! So, thank you.

Having said that, it would mean the world to have your support once more as we are in the FINAL HOURS for our re-print and expansion campaign. Already, we have 1,680 backers who are "Back for Seconds" for our all-new, all-exciting expansion. That's almost half of everyone from our original campaign!

But, for those of you who are still on the fence, here's why you should also be "Back for Seconds":

~ 8 powerful new chefs ~

~ 6 sizzling new restaurants ~

~ 50 delicious, all-new recipes ~

~ 15 game-changing Event Cards~

And in case you missed it the first time, we have a two player mode called "Kitchen Squad!": 

More Chefs = More Combinations

Pit your best chefs against your opponent's in a highly strategic variant of Rival Restaurants. Read more about Kitchen Squad in our rule book.

Also, if you missed out on the Deluxe Edition last time...

 Just add this to your expansion pledge on our current Kickstarter campaign.

Don't feel like reading? Watch our video instead!

Get yours before it's too late!

The Back for Seconds Kickstarter campaign ends SOON at 10pm PST (USA) on Tuesday 3/17

Pledge Now

Thank you again for being a supporter of Rival Restaurants and we hope to see you soon!

Always eating,

Team Gap Closer Games

Are you ready to MONEY and MOVE? The Rival Restaurants EXPANSION is launching TOMORROW at 9 AM PST!
3 months ago – Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 01:20:16 AM

"BACK FOR SECONDS" will be live on Kickstarter at...

9 AM PST | TOMORROW | Tuesday 2/18

Hello to all our wonderful backers!

The wait is almost over! In less than 24 hours, we are going LIVE on Kickstarter with our expansion (Back for Seconds) as well as the reprint of the Rival Restaurants base game! 

We are so excited to share everything we have in store for you! So excited, in fact, that we partnered with Quackalope Games to bring you this awesome video preview of BACK FOR SECONDS. If you want to see all the new chefs, restaurants, recipes, and action cards (some of which will need to be unlocked with your help during our Kickstarter campaign)...not to mention the brand new mechanic--THE EVENT DECK--check out this video! They did an amazing job capturing the spirit (and content) of the expansion and we hope you'll be as excited as we are about Back for Seconds! 

 That's it for now! See you all at 9 AM PST tomorrow!

Always eating,

Team Gap Closer Games

Introducing the EXPANSION for Rival Restaurants!
4 months ago – Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 01:04:06 AM

It feels like just yesterday that we clicked "launch" on Kickstarter. To be honest, we were scared.

As first time creators, we didn't know how our campaign was going to do. We didn't know whether we would hit our goal. But... we did know one thing: we had a special game on our hands. It was the kind of game that could get people out of their chairs... the kind that could bring players of all experience levels together. And it was with that belief that we took a leap of faith and launched our Kickstarter. 

1 year and 4,000+ backers later, here we are. It's thanks to backers like YOU that we were able to bring our passion project to life. So... thank you! And with that, we have an exciting announcement to make...

The Rival Restaurants Universe is Expanding!

That's right! Rival Restaurants is officially "Back for Seconds"! In less than 1 month, we will be coming out with our first-ever, all-new, action-packed EXPANSION! Back for Seconds will feature:

Aside from powerful new chefs, beautifully designed restaurants, new cuisines, and even more game-changing action cards, the biggest new addition is THE EVENT DECK!

You can think of the Event Deck as a global action card. The event will apply to all players at the beginning of every other day. You might be "Rolling in the Dough" one day... or "Oh Snap!" you better cook fast because tomorrow, half your ingredients are gonna get destroyed!

In any case, the event deck is sure to spice things up as well as add new layers of strategy, hilarity, and fun!

So, SAVE THE DATE! February 18th! Or better yet, just click here so that you can be one of the first to back the expansion!

Click to get notified when we launch!

 Rate us on BoardGameGeek.com!

As of this update, we have 172 ratings for an average score of 8.1. It's a great score--and one that we're proud of!--but we think we can do better. A lot of board gamers use BGG to make informed purchases, so if you've enjoyed playing Rival Restaurants and think others would too, leave us a rating!


And finally, we just wanted to end this update by saying THANK YOU to everyone who came out and played with us at PAX UNPLUGGED in Philadelphia last month!

Reppin' Rival Restaurants at PAX U in Philly.
Demoing at the OFFICIAL Kickstarter booth! Doesn't get much better than that.
One of FOUR games we had going SIMULTANEOUSLY! Things were definitely COOKING at Pax!

We had so much fun getting to meet our backers face-to-face, as well as try out the expansion chefs, restaurants, and of course, THE EVENT DECK! As always, we had an amazing time and we really hope to connect with more of you, our backers, in the future!

Until next time, stay hungry my friends.

Always eating,

Team Gap Closer Games

Fulfillment, PAX Unplugged, and How to Organize Your Box
6 months ago – Thu, Dec 05, 2019 at 01:37:44 AM

Before we say anything else, can we just say one thing? WE HAVE THE BEST BACKERS IN THE WORLD!!!

All week long our inbox and comments section have been FLOODED with so much positivity! We read every message and comment that comes our way and the sheer excitement that you all have about getting your copies really pumps us up! So thank you. We really appreciate the love. :)

Fulfillment (shipping) Update

Fulfillment has gone smoother than we could have hoped for. Big thanks to all our fulfillment partners! 

If you're reading this message, you should have either received your order or a notification. If you haven't, please reach out to us and we'll follow up on your behalf. Each region has its own shipping/fulfillment timeline, but rest assured that your game is on its way! ;D We all know that feeling when it's "taking forever for your food to come out"... but we hope that once Rival Restaurants gets to your table, it'll be well worth the wait. :) At the very least, we can now take a breath of relief knowing that all games should reach their destinations well before Christmas (if not within the next week)! 

Also, even though we are a small company, we want to make sure you're happy. So, if your game is missing any components, let us know and we'll do our best to make it right.

Come get unplugged... at PAXU! 

For our US backers, if you're on the eastern seaboard and you've got a spare day this weekend, come say hello at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia! PAXU is one of the biggest tabletop conventions around and last year's event was a blast! We'll be there from Friday December 6th - Sunday December 8th in the Open Gaming Area). We've also been invited to the Kickstarter Booth (3431) where we'll be demoing something special at the Big Table from 4 PM to 6PM daily. We can't say what just yet... but if you're in the area, you'll definitely want to come have a taste... (sorry, had to).

Please note that there will be no local pickup as all games are already in transit.

Cleaning up the kitchen: how to organize your game

Because Rival Restaurants has quite a few components, we thought it'd be helpful to show you how we recommend your game be organized.

And for those who got the Bento Box... 

If you're still not sure about where things should go, don't hesitate to reach out! You can always message us via Kickstarter or email us at rivalrestaurants@gmail.com.

Response time to comments/messages this weekend 

Because our entire team of four is going to PAXU this weekend, we may need a little more time to respond to inquiries/comments. Please bear with us and know that we will respond to you as soon as we can. We'll try to check our messages at least a few times a day so please be patient as we respond. Thank you for understanding and we hope you all get to play Rival Restaurants soon!

Always eating,

Gap Closer Games

DELIVERY IS UNDERWAY! Also, Bento Box Assembly Instructions and #RivalRestaurants
6 months ago – Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 12:14:45 AM


Hello everyone! Here in the USA, today is Thanksgiving, and wow do we have reason to give thanks! All games are now in their respective delivery hubs (with some games already in your hands). In other words... delivery is fully underway! 

Australia, New Zealand, China, and Hong Kong: Fulfillment Underway (85% Complete) - You should have either received your order or a notification at this point. If you haven't, please reach out to us and we'll follow up on your behalf.

USA & Canada: Games should be in your hands starting 1st week in December. Fulfilled by QML (A majority of backers should have received a notification with tracking information) 

Europe, South Africa, Rest of Asia*, Mexico and UAE: Games should be in your hands starting 1st week in December. Fulfilled by GamesQuest & VFI & Local Hubs

Rest of World: Games should be in your hands starting December 16th. Fulfilled by QML 

*Rest of Asia includes: India, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand & Vietnam. Please allow 2-3 weeks. 

You will receive an automated message with tracking information once your order has been shipped out by our local fulfillment centers or hub, but please allow 24-72 hours for the tracking information to be retrievable online.  

DISCLAIMER (for all backers): Please allow 5-7 business days from your respective start date to receive your order. E.g. If we said "starting December 2nd," please allow until December 10 for your delivery.

Bento Box Assembly Instructions 

Personally, we love a classic handwritten recipe, but sometimes it's just easier to watch someone cook! So, our friends at Sand Box Gaming, makers of the Bento Box, put together video assembly instructions for your convenience! They even provided a tutorial of how the whole system comes together! 

Easy-to-follow assembly instructions for the Bento Box. (Click on link below)

But for those who would prefer to follow the written instructions, we do want to highlight one minor labeling inconsistency we discovered that may cause some confusion.  The "Card Tray" Printed Instructions mislabeled the "Front Wall" and "Inside Side Walls x2" (the labels on the images were essentially switched), thus they should read as pictured below: 


Rival Restaurants is the competitive restaurant owning game where food meets fun. But even more than that, Rival Restaurants is a community.  When we set out to bring this game to life, never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we would reach gamers from all across the globe. We believed in our game 100% and knew that it was special, but we didn't know if others would see it the way we did. But your support has removed all doubt. We are so incredibly thankful for each and every one of you.  None of this would have been possible without all of you, so help us celebrate by tagging #RivalRestaurants anytime you post on social media. We love the notifications, and it's our small way of putting a personality behind each backer. Thank you once again and we really hope you enjoy playing the game you made possible.

Always eating - especially today,

Gap Closer Games

P.S. Here's the how-to-play video again since we figure you'll be needing it sooner than later. :)

"How to Play" video (only 6 minutes long!)