Item #SKB-17631 Menu from the eminent Cafe Rafio in Greenwich Village. Ronald a. k. a. Rafio VAN EHMSEN.
Menu from the eminent Cafe Rafio in Greenwich Village.

Menu from the eminent Cafe Rafio in Greenwich Village.

NY: Privately published, ca. 1960.

Item #SKB-17631

Single sheet of thick stock folded to make 4 pages. Cover illustration printed in red of a sunglass-wearing, bearded beatnik with the catch phrase "Where the Beat Meet to Eat" printed above. The Cafe Rafio was located on Bleeker Street in the heart of Greenwich Village near the Cafe Bizare and other venues. Part of its legendary status stems from the fact that the owner, Ronald Van Ehmsen, a renowned eccentric Village character and the owner of Cafe Rafio, was shot by the occupant who lived behind the Cafe Rafio who was going to be evicted because the cafe had plans to expand their premises. At the time (1963) the "beatnik murder" became quite the sensational story in the Village. The back of the menu is a giant postcard with the text: "Dig! I wuz at Rafio's joint in Greenwich Village where 'The Square Dare to Compare!'" and a space for tourists to write a message and send the menu to their friends back home. One of the rarest, and most desirable of the menus from the various beatnik coffee houses of the period. Horizontal crease from folding, a bit toned with minor wear, very good.

Price: $350.00

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