Cafe Build Out: Floor Prep
An artisan preparing the cafe's cement floor for finishing.
Cafe Build Out: Cement is Made for Destruction
Brian Nelson, Tyler Apgar, Sam Foucault, and more, tear up the cafe's floor in order to install plumbing, electricity, and internet connectivity.
Cafe Build Out: So What We Have Here ...
Tyler Apgar and Brian Nelson survey their handiwork after tearing up the cafe's cement floor.
Cafe Build Out: Calm in the Chaos
Sam Foucault taking a break amidst the rubble.
Cafe Build Out: We Need a Channel
A close up of the ditches that the crew dug in order to install plumbing, electricity, and internet infrastructure.
Cafe Build Out: Tyler's Dimension
Tyler Apgar measuring and lining up the framing for the walls in the cafe.
Cafe Build Out: Structured
From an open warehouse, the crew fashioned a kitchen area, back office, theater, and bathrooms.
Cafe Build Out: Counter Canvas
The cafe's counter, which would eventually serve up espresso, food, beer, and wine, in its embryonic state.
Cafe Build Out: Counter Canvas
Another view of the cafe's counter as it was being constructed.
Cafe Build Out: Room Construction
After the rooms had been framed, artisans joined the crew to build out the different spaces.
Cafe Build Out: Taking Shape
The cafe's starting to come together, with walls and structure. It actually looks like it might be more than a big, dusty room someday!
Cafe Build Out: Counter Culture
Gretchen Apgar standing at the first iteration of the cafe's front counter, shortly before opening.
Cafe Build Out: Custom Furniture
Gretchen Apgar employing her mad apparel design skills to create some of the cafe's first furniture: Chairs built from the original lumber from Montana, upholstered with reclaimed fabric.
Cafe Build Out: Have a Seat
Gretchen Apgar's carefully crafted custom chairs, lined up in the alley, ready for duty.
Cafe Build Out: Alley Ways
Mike and Gretchen Apgar in front of the alley entrance prior to the cafe's opening.
Crew: Come Together
Mike Apgar, Tim Rounds, Gretchen Apgar, and others, during a crew get together.
Crew: First Thanksgiving
The crew getting together to celebrate Thanksgiving together in the cafe.
Crew: Mike Apgar
Mike Apgar hanging out in the alley at 2304 2nd Ave during the early days of the cafe.
The original crew and founding members of Speakeasy, posing in front of its sign prior to its opening.
Crew: Opening Celebration
Sam Foucault, Gretchen Apgar, and more, celebrate the cafe's grand opening.
This is what the NetDesk area looked like when the cafe first opened.
This is what the lounge area looked like when the cafe first opened.
A snapshot of the cafe lounge area on a regular evening.
This is what the lounge and counter area looked like when the cafe first opened.
Cafe Gallery: First Show
The first art installation in the cafe.
After the cafe opened, it was a community hot spot, with all walks (and crawls) of life coming in to surf the internet, meet their neighbors, and enjoy a cup of coffee.
The crew hanging out in front of the counter during the cafe's early days.
One of Speakeasy's print ads, promoting their RAINMail service.
Advertising: Internet in a Burlap Sack
The art for one of Speakeasy's original ads, promoting their Internet in a Burlap Sack product.
Advertising: Explore the Internet
One of Speakeasy's first print ads, encouraging folks to use this newfangled thing called the Internet.
Culture: Internet Comics
A collection of comics referencing the Internet in the mid-1990s.
Press: The Market News
Prior to working at the cafe, Patt Cranage wrote about the cafe's opening for the Market News.
Sign of the Times
Speakeasy's signature radio tower, rendered in metal and displayed over the marquee on the street.