Hi there! I'm Dominick Scala.
I am the founder of Café Underwood in Oakland, California.
Since my early teens I have been writing, playing music and working in the service industry -from bus boy to cook to waiter, and eventually your devilish neighborhood bartender.
Writing and music are my passions!
Working on all these projects means I am constantly at my local coffee shops grinding it out.
Through the tribulations of fighting over power outlets, inefficient WiFi, and less than appetizing food, I began to develop the concept for Café Underwood.
My Vision: UPDATE !,,!
Potential Exterior View
Café Underwood a place where people come to accomplish their great work, whatever that work is - an artist, writer, entrepreneur, telecommuter, or just plain taking a work-from-home day. This is a collaborative or independent work space.
Much like mindfulness practices, creating an environment where you do not have to think about where to go for basic needs (coffee, a satiating meal, a beer or a nice glass of wine), you allow your mind to stay focused on your work at hand.
The People Speak, We Listen:
Hear what Oakland locals have to say about working from a café!
Press: Read All About It !,,!
I could never accomplish such a feat without the love and support of my wife, family, friends and the City of Oakland. Thank you.
Construction has begun and we have come such a long way in a short amount of time. We need your support to really polish the unique features that will let Café Underwood shine, such as:
- Phone Booths
- Conference and Office Rooms
- Membership Desk Space
- Dedicated Circuit, Wireless Internet 20+mbps
- Coffee Bean Roaster
Whether we hit our goal or not the funds will go towards those things listed. And we have some super cool tokens of gratitude to offer like:
- Swag Box: Samples, T-shirts, Vouchers etc.
- Travel & Home Mugs
- Private Dinners
- Tastings for Absinthe, Beer, Wine & Coffee
- Private Memberships
Embracing The Future:
Café Underwood embraces all aspects of a comfortable workspace.
- Not your typical coffee shop: Underwood provides a food menu that is much more expansive
than a traditional coffee shop.
- Private Events: Underwood is a tasteful brick and open rafter establishment with modern aesthetic that is a great place for private rentals.
- Conference room rentals: Built in to Underwood is the ability to host a private meeting for a fee, with some office amenities.
- Catering: events, meetings, large groups etc.
- Membership: Formalized co-working space in a privatized section of the café is offered on a pay-per-day or monthly basis.
- To complement a productive work day we offer a tasty array of beer & wine.
Located at 41st & Broadway, Oakland.
This neighborhood nook is growing fast!
The East Bay Bart hub, MacArthur Station is being fully updated with new parking structures, and modern residences in the immediate area.
All within a couple blocks of Underwood, there is the beloved Mama's cafe, Art's Crab shack, (an Oakland staple), Geo Kay’s for that gritty and great neighborhood bar and some really cool businesses coming shortly to transform this area into a walk-able, dynamic destination for visitors, residences and natives a like...
This is a place full of culture and history just 10 minutes over the Bay from San Francisco.
Our neighborhood is nestled between many thriving business communities, and is an essential corridor to link the Uptown district, Piedmont and Temescal.
Our building is a bare bones blank slate, and construction is
well under way.
We will offer combined indoor and outdoor seating of over 700 square feet!
Rentable mezzanine and office space consisting of just over 450 square feet!
The exposed rafters and bricks, lush outdoor seating, and the warmth of natural elements converge to offer a comfortable experience for work, play, and all the things in between.
We are vehemently invested in the
health and growth of this dynamic and unique city, and Underwood will be a
place to bring people together with food and drink, while enabling budding
companies, ideas and individuals with that unique comfort and convenience for modern
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