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 and a small experimental performance space. The civic and artistic hub in the re-emerging Belltown neighborhood, it was a place for tech workers, artists, poets and musicians. The 2001 fire sped
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fire Bell No. 4 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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); Chief Seattle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Welcome to The Public Market (approx. 0.3 miles away); “Great White Fleet” (approx. 0.3 miles 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.)
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