Eugene Cho

5 year anniversary of qcafe

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This Saturday, Q Cafe is celebrating its 5 year anniversary.   Please join us if you’re able from 6-8pm for some random entertainment, great coffee, and free dessert.

In our first year as a churchplant, we decided to do what no sensible group of people would do:  embark on a building project and birthing another organization.  We raised funds to help start a non-profit and non-religious cafe in our hopes of blessing our neighborhood and our city. 

When we opened our doors in November 2002, we weren’t quite sure what to expect.  We asked ourselves these questions:

Is it possible to serve organic coffee and tea and demonstrate care for our environment?

Is it possible to create a unique venue where not only would people enjoy incredible coffee but be connected to the larger community?

Is it possible to create a space where local artists and musicians would have a platform to share their unique talents?

Is it possible to create a venue where children, parents, college students, local businesspeople, the homeless, and senior citizens can all come to enjoy a neighborhood cafe?

Is is possible to develop a replicating model where profits would go towards supporting classes, providing resources for the homeless, programs for children, and rental space for neighbors and local non-profits?

Well, the answer hasn’t been very easy but nevertheless, it’s been an amazing journey.  We’ve had our share of stories:  horrible bands, mean customers, tip jars robbed, shit smeared on the walls, someone pee’ing in the corner of the cafe, rude dudes constantly hitting on our female baristas, and I can go on and on.  But we’ve also had some amazing things take place:  hosting Chris Thile and Nickelcreek and Chris Tomlin, giving away 10% of profits to outside causes, hosting meaningful films like Invisible Children, supporting local artists and musicians like Shawn McDonald and Smoosh that have emerged, the monthly homeless partnership with To the Streets, and friendships with our neighbors.  

It’s been good but also very tough.  Recently, we’ve had to wrestle with our vision and future.  The questions listed above are the questions we’ll continue to wrestle through for the next five years.

Thanks to all the volunteers, baristas, and staff that have given so much in the past five years!

Below is a short but old video clip that gives a glimpse of what we’ve attempted to embody through this presence called Q Cafe.

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8 Responses

  1. Wayne Park says:

    always encouraging to read about this story and I think we are crazy too…

  2. jennifer says:

    Yay! Congratulations. Turning five years old as an independent cafe in Seattle is no small feat!

  3. Brian Kim says:

    Just wanted to say Congrats! Nanoh and I are so happy to be at Quest! Although we can’t make it to the event, we really hope it will be a great celebration and success!

  4. Matt Jones says:

    Congrats on the anniversary. I hope the renovations go well and the re-opening brings many more into the community!

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Everyone loves the idea of  reconciliation...until it involves truthtelling, confessing, repenting, dismantling, forgiving, and peacemaking. Charlottesville. So heartbreaking and infuriating. We weep and mourn over the hatred in the hearts of these white nationalists. We weep and mourn but we can't be defeated.

As I stare at this photo that's making its round on the internet, I'm reminded of the utter importance of showing up. I'm grateful for the news media, law enforcement, clergy, and peaceful protesters that are currently there to report, protect, pray, and protest.

And this is an invitation to us. May we not be mere bystanders. May we keep pressing forward. Seek justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly. Commit to truth-telling, justice, reconciliation, peacemaking. Follow the ways of Christ. Every day. And it's important to note that we don't have to go to Charlottesville to do this. In fact, it's more important that we do this exactly where we're at. May we live out the call to reconciliation in our churches, workplaces, neighborhoods, schools, and around our dining tables. Lord, may it be so... We don't have to go to Charlottesville to do this. We have to do this wherever were called to be.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. /// Thanks to those who let me know that the photo wasn't actually from today but rather from last month in Charlottesville. - https://www.facebook.com/FrankSomervilleKTVU/posts/1551137301616258:0 Grateful for a spontaneous, last minute trip with Minhee to my old stomping grounds - San Francisco. 48 hours of visiting this special city that I called home for so many years.

Pic 1: Went to the Cliff House restaurant where we got engaged about 21 years ago to make out. Oops, sorry, I meant...to reflect on God's faithfulness over these many years.

Pic 2: Walked across the Golden Gate Bridge because it's such an iconic place - with some of the most incredible views.

Pic 3: Enjoyed a glass of some Cabernet Sauvignon and pretended to be wine connoisseurs at a vineyard.

Pic 4: Had lunch at my favorite Chinese restaurant, Sam Tung, which boasts some of the best chicken in the country. And of course, we ate at In-n-out.

Pic 5: And finally, celebrated with the good folks at @thefreedomstory where @onedayswages received their annual Freedom Award. What an honor.

Grateful. Thankful for this sabbatical. Breathe.

Show yourself some grace.

We can't do everything for everyone in every situation. Do what you can and do it with a joyful heart.

Amen A family that eats sushi together stays together.

Seriously, I don't ever remember eating so much as a teenager but these kids eat and eat and eat. Perhaps, the reason why this kid is pushing 6 feet tall. Grateful for a special treat with the family at @JaponessaSeattle. I'm sharing an obligatory, "I love and appreciate my wife, she's amazing" photo. Also...because I did something naughty...or brilliant. ;) Seattle is in the midst of a crazy heatwave. Near 100 degrees, hazy, and humid. An excessive heat advisory warning has also been issued.

So, Minhee and I needed to run some errands. It waa horrible but sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. It's also known as adulting.

So, I'm driving and the air conditioning seems to have minimal effect. Minhee is in the passenger's seat and umm, when she's not paying attention, I turn on her seat heater to 5 - the highest level. All along, she's complaining about how hot she is...for nearly an hour...until she finally realizes what I did.

Bam. Boom. Gotcha.

Minhee, I love you!

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