The Basement Crepes (Breakfast Special): The Wakenbake Café Needs Your Help!

MAGNET’s Mitch Myers keeps the funny side up with a Jerry Garcia photo contest in Marin County                                    

Sad news for hungry Deadheads in Northern California, as the old Wakenbake Café in San Rafael will be closing down next month after 40 years of catering to their longtime hippie clientele and other loyal customers.

Despite well-meaning community efforts that included a citywide petition and GoFundMe campaigns in support of the endangered café, the end is officially in sight. Adding insult to injury, reports indicate the beloved eatery is slated to become a Pinkberry in the fall.

The other news here is that Wakenbake owner/manager Adam Coil will be parting with his unique collection of previously unseen photographs of Jerry Garcia. Apparently, the guitarist had consented to these portraitures over the years in exchange for a lifetime of complimentary breakfast specials. Coil regrets that he never bothered to date his headshots of the Grateful Dead frontman (inspired by a 1973 Rolling Stone cover), but the café owner believes the photos were mostly taken in the years between 1974 and 1992. 

So, the Wakenbake Café is now calling on all Deadheads to please help date these long-forgotten Garcia images before they are put up for auction. Title suggestions are welcome. So let the sunshine daydreams begin!

All photos courtesy of Adam Coil. © Adam Coil