The above was written on Sunday March 15 2020Now the State of Wisconsin has mandated the closing of all restaurants and bars. 

Though we are closed and will not be doing business as usual, there will be the occasional live streamed event, so stay tuned to our Facebook page and this website for updates. There was such an event at the end of September.

Now it is November 2020The more things change, the more they stay the same. Governmental mandates have come and gone, but the coronavirus has staying power and seems to love it in Wisconsin, so we are still closed.

2021: The Carpe is offering some curbside food service on Friday and Saturday nights. Orders must be placed a day in advance.  Fridays we have Chicago style stuffed pizza, and Saturdays jambalaya.  

Special orders for desserts and baguettes are also possible.

Please call 920-563-9391 or e-mail info@cafecarpe.com for more information as to cost, pick-up times, payment, etc, and to place orders. We do respond to acknowledge orders, so if you do not hear back from us, try the other method.


The Cafe Carpe, is a family-friendly cafe and bar, with a listening room, housed in a century-old brick building on the Rock River, with a screened porch overlooking the water. Run by fairly sentient centenarians Bill Camplin and Kitty Welch, the Carpe has been idiosyncratic since 1985. Peruse this site to learn its fascinating history, and to discover what it has to offer, and when, but do not ask why.

Hours- except during COVID-19 emergency

Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Evenings: Tuesday – Saturday open at 4:30 pm

Please contact us to reserve for groups larger than 6. (This refers to dining- see Listening and Events regarding music.)

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