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About Us

Cafe Racer is dedicated to bringing regional Artists and Audiences together on multiple platforms. You can find all of your upcoming new local talent and your favorite local historic talent on stage here.


Our Story

Cafe Racer started as Lucky Dog Espresso on 59th and Roosevelt in 2004. It soon found it's new name with owner in Founder Kurt Guessel. Kurt created a bohemian coffee shop open to artists of all kinds. He built a small stage and the history of the love affair between Cafe Racer Seattle and DIY musicians began. Many local musicians got their start on the Cafe Racer stage, including La Luz, Tacocat and Naked Giants.

In 2018 Kurt, getting near retirement, sold this Iconic Seattle Art Bar to Jeff Ramsay and Cindy Anne both native to Seattle. Since that time owners Cindy and Jeff have continued to carry on supporting local DIY musicians and art. They chose to move the Cafe Racer location from the University District into a bigger space and easier access for Audiences and Artists alike. Though they moved the location, Cafe Racer continues to house The Bad Art Museum curated by local artists Jo David and Marlow Harris. Cindy and Jeff have also added an online radio station, and an App that can be downloaded on the Apple App Store and some Google Play. 

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