The game cafe hardscrabble.
I think the viable business model here is neither the cafe or the retail shop. It's the country club. CC's do side businesses in food/drink (19th hole) and retail (pro-shop) but it's the annual membership and tee time fees that is the core of the business. You may not like the class associations here but I'd wager that the time/money investment of a typical gamer is comparable to your average golfer.
I love this post. Local business, and hobbies-turned-to-commerce are super interesting. I feel bad, because I don't frequent local comic book stores much (too expensive per issue these days), local gaming stores (book prices are fine, but why buy stuff I won't play?) and local game cafes (I don't want to play normie board games with strangers, or trading card games with obsessives). So ... I love these places, and I guess the only way I give them money is if they set up Patreons or nonprofits, like the local annual gaming convention Kantcon, which I donate to monthly.