Cafe Underwood

Underwood is a hybrid café, combining artisan coffee, food, beer & wine with collaborative work space -rentable desk stations, office and conference rooms.
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Dominick Scala
Small Business
Oakland, California
United States
1 Team Member

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!




Currently, I am working on my first novel, consistently being published by Sex + Design magazine and building my own publication site - Amenthes Press.  





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 !,,!

East Bay Express:  http://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatTheFork/archives/2013/08/13/a-new-school-wi-fi-cafe

Eater SF:  http://sf.eater.com/archives/2013/08/14/the_doubleedged_sword_of_coffeeshop_wifi.php#more



Your Contribution:

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. 

The New York Times rates Oakland 5th best place to visit in the world! 

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 productivity.


If you can contribute, we cannot thank you enough, and if not, please help us by spreading the word and sharing this post.


Thank you for your time and support. 

We Love You 

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$4,495USD
raised by 63 people in 1 month
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$35,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on October 10, 2013
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  • $250USD
    Featured
    The Locals

    The Green Fairy Absinthe and Coffee tasting party. Punchcards for 50 glasses of beer or wine. Punchcards for 50 coffee drinks. A Café Underwood Mug Invite to the soft opening.

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $10USD
    The Green Bean Punch Card

    A punch card worth 10 coffee or tea drinks! If you are not in the area, gift your voucher to someone local!

    8 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $10USD
    Le Poém

    I will write you a poem on my 1936 royal deluxe typewriter and mail it to you :)

    4 out of 1000000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $15USD
    Just The Sexy Book !,,!

    Receive a limited edition signed copy of a collaborative book to be printed and sold through Cafe Underwood, featured on the 'Red Light Lit' perk. This is a lustful array of prose, poetry and shorts from some of the most erotic and sensual writers from the Bay. (myself included).

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $25USD
    The Light Roast

    A coffee drink, beer or glass of wine for you and a guest. Honorable mention on our website. If you are not in the area, gift your voucher to someone local!

    5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $25USD
    The Jersey Shore

    A custom "Made on the Jersey Shore" T-shirt, with all the Jersey contributors listed on the back and something sinisterly fun on the front! My lifelong friends James and Cathy will be hosting a Pat's Cheesesteak and J. Lohr Magnums wine party. (hopefully the hot tub will be installed by then.) I'll be bringing the coffee for the pork roll egg and cheese hangover brunch. We Ride !,,!

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $30USD
    The Day Drinker

    A punch card good for 20 glasses of beer or wine!

    7 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $30USD
    The Sexy, Red Light Lit Event

    We are teaming up with San Francisco's Red Light Lit to host an intimate and private event with multiple tantalizing treats to excite your senses. We will be sipping absinthe, eating oysters, and giving lip and ear service to some of the most erotic and sensual writers in the Bay. Receive a limited edition copy of a collaborative book of local writers and photography. This is a lustful array of prose, poetry and shorts from some of the most erotic and sensual writers from the Bay.

    1 out of 100 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $40USD
    The Mug

    A punch card worth 10 coffee or tea drinks! A Café Underwood Mug. Honorable mention on our website.

    6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $50USD
    The Sunday Funday

    Bottomless Mimosas every Sunday for our 1st year of business.

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $65USD
    The Dark Roast

    The light roast perk. A Café Underwood t-shirt. Honorable mention on our website.

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    The Lunchette

    A Café Underwood t-shirt. Lunch for you and a guest with coffee, beer or wine! Honorable mention on our website.

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    The Green Fairy

    A specialty absinthe and coffee tasting party. A punch card good for 20 glasses of beer or wine! Invite to the soft opening.

    3 out of 100 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $150USD
    The Publisher

    A custom designed one of a kind t-shirt with some of my writing on it. A signed copy of my first book. -In 1996 I published a limited edition book run of 500 copies. This is a perfect bound book of journal-esq style prose/poetry. It is a compilation of all my initial writings -I'd say a bit immature, complete with many typos and spelling errors, but something I am none the less proud of :) 2 for 1 beer or wine for 3 months. Honorable mention on our website.

    0 out of 40 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $200USD
    The Out Of Towners

    A Café Underwood t-shirt. A Café Underwood travel mug. For one year receive seasonal sample bags of our house roasted beans and specialty teas.* Honorable mention on our website. *Redeemable when we start roasting our beans.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $250USD
    The Membership

    One month membership. A personalized Café Underwood mug that we hold for you to use when you come in. *(Membership has its privileges! Coffee, snacks and a beer or glass of wine a day)

    0 out of 30 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $350USD
    The Roasted Bean

    We will eventually be roasting are own special blends of coffee. This perk will get you a pound of our house roasted beans a month for a year.* Tell us what you like and we will craft a roast just for you! Honorable mention on our website. *Redeemable when we start roasting our beans.

    0 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $500USD
    The Meet Up

    Take over our rentable mezzanine for meet ups, a conference, social gathering for the day or something creative I haven't thought of yet! For groups up to 30, includes coffee for the day, appetizers and a beer or wine for each person. Honorable mention on our website.

    0 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $2,000USD
    The Kopi Luwak

    One year membership. Quarterly tasting parties for our inaugural year of business. Invite to soft opening. Honorable mention on our website. *(Membership has its privileges! Coffee, snacks and a beer or glass of wine a day)

    0 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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