Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
In 1995, Mike Apgar, his wife Gretchen and his brother Tyler opened the Speakeasy Café. It was Seattle’s first internet café and one of the first in the United States. The Café brought together coffee, culture and computers with a mission to “provide a service that is not simply entertaining, but educational, enlightening, and most of all empowering.” The Café housed a cocktail bar, an get gallery
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Education • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is May 18, 2001.
Location. 47° 36.863′ N, 122° 20.759′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Bell Street, on the left when traveling south on 2nd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seattle WA 98121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Austin A. Bell Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belltown Pan (about 400 feet away); Fire Bell No. 4 (about 600 feet away); Guiry/Schillestad Buildings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crystal Pool (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bell Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Why Are the Piers Angled? (approx. ¼ mile away); Bell Street Terminal, Pier 66 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
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1. Seattle's Speakeasy Cafe burns on May 18, 2001 (HistoryLink.org, Alyssa Burrows) . On the evening of May 18, 2001, the Belltown internet cafe, the Speakeasy, burns. The upper story of the building at 2nd Avenue and Bell Street is completely consumed in the two-alarm blaze, and the ground floor cafe is heavily damaged. Besides establishing a pioneer outpost on the Internet for those without computers, the Speakeasy also housed a bar, an art gallery, and a small, experimental performance space. Initial investigation targeted an overheated power cord being used to renovate the upper floor to house staff of Speakeasy Network. (Submitted on November 15, 2016.)
2. Speakeasy Burns - Will Popular Internet Cafe Rise from the Ashes? (The Stranger, 5/24/2001). (Submitted on November 15, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.