Cafe Racer may not have its doors open right now, but its legacy of supporting Seattle’s indie music scene lives on through its online radio station. Jeff Ramsey and his wife Cindy Anne bought the cafe in 2017 from the original owner Kurt Geissel. The cafe shut down due to the pandemic, and while Jeff and Cindy hope to relocate the business, they’re keeping the community spirit alive until then with Cafe Racer Radio. The station has programming around the clock and plays every genre under the sun, encompassing everything from Americana to jazz.
Yesterday we spoke with Jeff and Cindy on Instagram Live, which can be watched right here. Read on for a short Q&A to get to know the couple a little better.
What's your favorite part about your job?
The people! The artists, the customers, our venue peers!
What's your favorite hidden gem in Seattle?
Vito's on Madison.
Where are two places you'd take an out-of-town guest?
Pike Place Market of course, and Frankie and Jo's Vegan Ice Cream.
If you were to give a piece of advice to a newcomer to Seattle, what would it be?
The Seattle Freeze is fabricated. Share a little of yourself and you will be welcomed wholeheartedly.
If you could change anything about Seattle, what would it be?
Who or what are 5 Seattle people or organizations more people should know about?
Easy Street Records and Cafe; Greg Lundgren's "MoM" Museum of Museums on Cap Hill; Diana Adams owner operator Vermillion (art gallery and venue); Alex Ruder founder of Hush Hush Records; and KEXP DJ, Lusio Lights (light artist collective).
Anything else you'd like to share about your work/business?
Cafe Racer's mission is to support, empower and celebrate local DIY, BIPOC and LGBTQ artists!