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One of my favorite memories as a blue haired youth is wearing a straight jacket at Saint Marks downtown. I’d sip coffee out of a straw. It was joyous.

There was a great art scene at Saint Marks uptown too.
I have to agree on the music. Nirvana was far to main stream for anybody hanging out. Cocteau Twins often playing or performing at the Merc. I can remember putting our own eclectic orchestra together at the Merc too.

Hi Troy. A straight jacket and a straw. Now THAT'S an amazing, amusing image!

 

 

Calvin's

I worked at Paris on the Platte in 1990 and remember that menu well. It was not fun enforcing the $2 minimum with the teenagers as they often didn't have much money - they would also run out on their checks so you had to watch them. The best crowd was the bar rush from 2:00 to 4:00 - drunk people were much better tippers. The crew from My Brother's Bar down the street often came in after 2:00 for coffee before heading home. It was a physically hard job (mopping up the back room at 5:00 a.m. after a night full of teenagers spilling coffee was not fun), but the people, the energy, the chess games, the music and the GenX angst made it all a great place to be.

Hi Teresa. Yes, I imagine it would've been a tough but invigorating job. Thanks for your unique perspective!

I worked at Paris on the Platte in 1990 and remember that menu well. It was not fun enforcing the $2 minimum with the teenagers as they often didn't have much money - they would also run out on their checks so you had to watch them. The best crowd was the bar rush from 2:00 to 4:00 - drunk people were much better tippers. The crew from My Brother's Bar down the street often came in after 2:00 for coffee before heading home. It was a physically hard job (mopping up the back room at 5:00 a.m. after a night full of teenagers spilling coffee was not fun), but the people, the energy, the chess games, the music and the GenX angst made it all a great place to be.

Love this!
Spent time at Cafe Euphrates and Coffee Grounds, both on 17th. Even read some of my teen angst ridden poetry at Ground’s open mic nights.
Thanks for the memories!

I loved all of those places! We used to hit Euphrates as well. Good times! Lots of good bands at Merc!

Do you have anything on City Spirit Cafe? I think their tagline was "Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds You"

Hi Nancy. Yes, we do have a copy of a City Spirit menu! It's dated from 1990. The menu doesn't have that tagline on it, but it does have a lot of healthy, delicious-sounding food listed (including a Raspberry Black Forest Torte, yum!).

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