Ever wonder what that sign above Crepes on Cole is all about? When I first got to the neighborhood, I thought maybe there used to be (or still was) a club upstairs, or that it was actually Crepes on Cole that had “nitely” entertainment.
Well, turns out that corner space was a performance venue/club started by Bob Ayres and Steve Zamek back in 1977, and featured performances from the likes of Kate Wolf, Utah Phillips, R. Crumb, Robin Williams, Paula Poundstone, and Dana Carve.
The club was shuttered in 1989 when the landlord refused to renew the lease, opening a short-lived Chinese restaurant in its place before it became what it is today.
The old club may be no more, but Bob Ayres is still producing The Other Café Comedy Showcase series in SF & Berkeley, including a recent 30th reunion show that included Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Pollak, Paula Poundstone, and Will Durst… just to name a few.
Read the full/official story of The Other Cafe here.