Info

General Info

The atmosphere is family-friendly.

We have wireless internet akaWIFI.

When the weather is amenable, seating is available on our riverside screened porch.  Hallelujah.

E-mail: info@cafecarpe.com

Phone: 920-563-9391

Street address: 18 South Water Street West, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

We do not have a box office or even an office, really. Someone answering the phone may be serving customers when you call.  Please forgive the inability to answer a lot of questions at busy times, and consider calling back later.

Hours

Tuesday- Friday, lunch 11:30- 1:30

Tuesday- Saturday, evenings open at 5:00

CLOSED Sundays and Mondays.

Please call to reserve if you are bringing a party of more than 6 people.

Surely You Ingest

Click here for the food menu.  The bar offers a great selection of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tender, Legal

We accept Cash, Visa or Mastercard, but cash is preferred, as there is a cost to us all for the convenience of credit cards.

Directions

The Carpe is in downtown Fort Atkinson, on the south side of the Rock River on the one-way street of South Water St. West, accessed off South Main St.  Click for MAP and directions.

Reservations for Shows

See our “Listening” page for more details.

Please call to confirm show data and to make reservations at 920-563-9391.

Check the event listing: advance tickets are recommended for the events offering them. *An additional surcharge of $1 will apply to telephone purchases.

Wheelchair Access

The east front entrance is wheelchair accessible, as are the bathrooms.  Advance notice that an audience member will be in a wheelchair will allow us to arrange seating accordingly.

Parking

Parking is available on the street, and in any of the larger lots near us that are not posted as restricted.

Social Media

We have a Facebook page and a Twitter account.  You could like us and follow us.

Rental Information

The Carpe is available for parties and special events. Please call 920-563-9391 to discuss.

Weekly E-mail Updates

Please sign up at the bottom of this page for our e-mail list if you wish to receive weekly updates which may or may not contain more information than is listed in the calendar. Note also that Bill, the customary creator of these e-mails, does not seek editing advice prior to their distribution. You may note a few misspelled words, misplaced apostrophes, and typos. Find it in your hearts to forgive him such sins. His mother was not an English teacher (though his brother and niece were).

Booking

Bill has written a treatise on this.  After wading through it, if you still want to play here, contact Bill by phone (late mornings are best), or e-mail him at booking@cafecarpe.com.

History

The club is owned by Bill Camplin and Kitty Welch, who began it in 1985. That’s a long time ago. You’d think they’d have fixed the place up by now. Bill is a singer-songwriter of modest regional fame (we are a modest region), and as a performer has created a listening space in which he and others of his ilk love to play.  Kitty, who enjoys modest regional fame for her physical resemblance to Henry Kissinger, wonders who others of her ilk might be.  They, their two children- Satchel (who now in his twenties is a singer-songwriter in his own write, check it out) and Savannah, and their dog/actor-model Jeb*,  live above the business.  The Carpe has a lovely staff more competent than themselves who help keep the place running, including Dennis Geszvain, Scott Arndt, Jason Gapinski, Beth Gehred, Satchel Welch, and the occasional star appearance by Karen Reinhardt, Jeremy Pinc, Cynthia Holt, Karolyn Broehm, or Leslie LaMuro, not to mention past staff who made huge contributions as well but- this is not the Academy Awards.

*Sadly gone to actor-model heaven