We seem to have reopened.

AS TO COVID-  We and staff are all vaccinated, and we are assuming full vaccination by most of our clientele. The CDC is now recommending fully vaccinated Americans return to wearing masks in indoor spaces in communities where coronavirus transmission is substantial or high. As of July 26, 2021, Jefferson County has seen an uptick in new Covid cases from under 7 a week to 7 a day- not high yet but not a good trajectory.

Wear a mask or don’t wear a mask as your circumstances and comfort level dictate.  If being in a what may be a crowded setting would make you uncomfortable or compromise you or your unvaccinated loved ones’ health, best not to venture out. We will try to keep the whole space really well-ventilated, put if it is crowded and the windows are closed due to heat, that will not be possible.


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.


LUNCH: Wednesday – Friday    11:30 am – 1:30 pm


  • Wednesday – Thursday    4:30-8:30  Serving food 5:00-8:00
  • Friday-Saturday    4:30-10:00 Serving food 5:00-9:00 (We may close earlier or be open later as circumstances demand.)

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

** Note that nights with sold out shows will be a bit busier than normal.

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