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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

20th Century Cafe Launches Kickstarter Campaign With Adorable Old-Timey Video

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Polzine buried under paperwork in her old-timey Kickstarter video.
  • Polzine buried under paperwork in her old-timey Kickstarter video.

Pastry chef Michelle Polzine has been trying to open 20th Century Café in a converted laundromat at Oak and Gough (across the street from Rich Table) for a while -- we wrote recently about the pop-up bake sales she was holding at State Bird Provisions every Sunday. Now she's looking for Kickstarter dollars to fund the buildout of her new spot, which will draw its inspiration from vintage cookbooks and visits to the café-rich cities of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

See also: Get a Sneak Peek of 20th Century Cafe at State Bird Provisions

The bake sales featured treats like knishes, rugelach, date turnovers, rhubarb tarts, and more, showing Polzine's influences from both Eastern European baking traditions and the wide range of California produce.

The Kickstarter page has more details about the café, but the real draw there is the sepia-toned, 1930's/40's video showing Polzine's trials and tribulations getting the place open. It's a fun watch that encapsulates the vintage feel she's trying to create in her café:

Giveaways for donations include free pastries and jars of preserves, a brass plaque on the new hood giving cred, and cooking classes with Polzine. If all goes well, expect the café to be open in June, just in time for summer produce.

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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