From their website: " “Educate your audiences to expect the best in musical talent, familiar or unfamiliar, and always be governed by the dictates of good taste.” – Lena Spencer
Caffè Lena is widely recognized as the oldest continuously operating coffeehouse in the United States. It is an internationally renowned cultural center and an American treasure. Opened in 1960, the café has helped to launch many of America’s best loved songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco and many more."
I was there in January 2013 and saw Steve Gillete and Cindy Mangsen perform. I had booked a table with a request to be close to the stage to be able to watch them play from a close range. We actually sat right in front of them on an arm's length distance. Yet, it wouldn't have mattered really where we sat because the upstairs venue only has 20 tables anyway which gives the room a cozy and intimate feeling. Thanks to Steve and Cindy we felt among friends.
The food and beverage service is simple but good. You can get some snacks, warm and cold, and beverages too. They are planning on making it accessible to wheelchairs too.
As a folk music lover this is the place to go . Check out their website for upcoming events. It's worth it.
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