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September 14, 2021

Cafe Racer starts new life on Capitol Hill

A/E Editor

Photo courtesy of Café Racer’s Facebook page [enlarge]
The new space has been painted in Café Racer's signature lime green.

Longtime Seattle cafe and arts space, Cafe Racer, opened its doors at a new location on Capitol Hill over the weekend. A beloved neighborhood spot and performance space, Cafe Racer called the U District home for 17 years. Racer has a storied and difficult history in the city. Tragedy befell the cafe in 2012 when it became the site of a mass shooting. The cafe also had to close briefly in 2017 due to financial problems. Fast forward to 2020, and the pandemic forced the longtime owners, Jeff and Cindy Anne Ramsey, to shut down in July of that year. This was not however the end of the cafe. The Ramseys ended their lease at the old space and put their things into storage whilst looking for a new location. In the meantime, they founded Cafe Racer Radio, a free online radio station featuring music from across Washington state, including the same artists the venue often featured in live performances.

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