If you're doing laundry at Doug's Suds right next door, the Reverie Cafe (map, reviews) is a life saver. It's nice to have a place to sit and drink some coffee and not be too far from your laundry. Also, they have one of the best breakfast deals in the neighborhood.
I found mention of Reverie on another blog. At first, I was a little taken aback. But on reflection, I think CityMama has a point.
FUCK YOU REVERIE CAFE
Or, reason number 74,893 why San Francisco should get over itself.
I had some business in Cole Valley this morning so I packed my laptop thinking I would find a cafe in which to do some work. We lived in Cole Valley back when the Tully's around the corner from us on Cole St. was a Spinelli's (Italian slang for "joint") and watched as Reverie Cafe went in diagonally across the street. We were pissed about losing our beloved Spinelli and regarded Reverie with interest as it is an independent coffee shop.
When Reverie first opened the sugar was contained in fancy silver bowls and they set out real spoons with which people could stir their coffee. We knew it wouldn't last long. Not in a coffee shop located just blocks from Haight street. We knew that every punk-ass, homeless street kid with a trust fund within a 10 block radius would soon be cooking up some dope on those spoons.
It was the last time we went to Reverie. We heard rumors that Craig Newmark (our nabe three buildings down) liked to have coffee there. Benjamin Bratt apparently stopped by. Business picked up.
We eventually moved away to sunnier parts of the city and then to Portland. Now that we are back I decided to stop in there today thinking, if any place in Cole Valley has free Wifi, it will be Reverie.
I fired up my computer and…nothing.
I walked up to the counter thinking maybe there was aspecial password or something required for log-in.
Me: "Hi, do you guys have Wifi?"
Barista dude (with disdain in his voice): Noooooooo
Then he turns his back to me. Ass. Hole.
Barista chick (nervously stepping in to explain): It's just that we serve food here and if we had free WiFi…
Me: Customers would come here in droves?
Barista chick: Uh, yeah, and then just…camp out. We serve food here…
Me: That is…wow. That is surprising. Can I have my coffee to go instead of for here?
O Portland, with your abundant Wifi and your plentiful outlets and extension cords into which people can plug their laptop power cords and your beautiful customer service: I miss you.
San Francisco is one of the most wireless cities in the world and yet no one is sharing. At Blue Danube, another wifi cafe in my 'hood, they charge for wifi access. What are they, Starbucks? Fuck that. I've posted before about how we keep our wireless network so anyone can log onto it if they want. What's the big deal about sharing some airwaves. If you are worried about privacy secure your network.
This account reminded me of when I was at Reverie Cafe a couple years ago and saw a photocopy of an article on the wall opposite the cash register. The gist of the article was that it's bad business to provide WiFi for customers since those customers might stay longer. I didn't like the tone of the article, which was exclusively economic and missed the point of one of the reasons why people go to coffeehouses these days. Also, the placement of the article—very conspicuously on the wall—felt like wingeing by the owner and a passive aggressive way to justify not providing a service to his customers.