The University District landmark Cafe Racer will close its doors after service tomorrow, Oct. 18, possibly for good. 

Owner Kurt Geissel said that increasing financial concerns have caused the sudden and surprising shuttering. 

Cafe Racer has been well-known since opening in 2003 for its coffee, beer and constant live music. It is also, unfortunately, forever associated to a mass shooting in 2012 when cafe regular Ian Stawicki killed four inside Cafe Racer before fleeing downtown, killing another and them himself. Geisel reopened the business a month and a half after the shooting after a groundswell of community support.

Geissel had placed Cafe Racer for sale this March, after telling The Seattle Times nearby construction had impacted business. An online fundraising campaign to keep the business afloat raised $33,000, but well short of Geissel’s $50,000 goal.

“It is with great sadness that I have to say this... Café Racer is closing,” Geissel wrote on the cafe’s Facebook page. “The last night will be this Wednesday.
Lord knows the café has had it's ups and downs but it has been 14 years of art and music and community. No one can take that away from us.
But I just can no longer support it. It is still for sale, and I've had some offers, who wanted to carry on what the café is, but for one reason or another, they have falling through. Contact me if you are interested because the last thing I want is for the café to go away.
I'm sorry. This is the last thing that I wanted to happen.

Cafe Racer is for sale for $135,000. It’s located at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE.