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Our spaces are small with little possibility of distancing- do not hesitate to wear a mask if you have concerns about catching viruses.


The Cafe Carpe, is a family-friendly cafe and bar (with no TVs), housed in a century-old brick building on the Rock River, with a separate listening room and 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

EVENINGS: ** (We may close earlier or be open later as circumstances demand.)

Wednesday – Thursday    4:30-8:30  Serving food 5:00-8:00

Friday-Saturday    4:30-close Serving food 5:00-9:00

(Though we are generally closed on Sundays, if a show is scheduled, we will be opening a couple of hours before showtime and serving food.)

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

***Note that nights with sold out or busy shows will be a bit busier than normal, and the menu may be limited.***

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