Some dark cafe

Requiem for the cafes of yore

Christiana White

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By Briana Loewinsohn

Listening to Joni Mitchell’s iconic song The Last Time I Saw Richard, I was struck by the references to “dark cafes.” I was struck because in my part of the world, which is the San Francisco Bay Area (the East Bay, or Oakland, to be precise), the dark cafes have disappeared. Also, the vast ones with multiple rooms and forty-year-old plants twining to the ceiling. Also, the quirky ones…

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