Geof and Evelyn Gains bought and renovated a historic train station in Southern California. Together, they ran one of best spots in the city.
In its time the Depot was key in revitalizing the downtown neighborhood and served as perhaps the city's favorite place to share art, poetry, conversation, live music, and a solid shot of espresso. It was a landmark for the city. It was a place to study, a place to pray, a place to meet your friends, find new ones, and a place to dance.
Riverside lost a good thing when the Depot closed. Here's to fond memories of Geof. Here's a toast to Evelyn. Here's a cheers to Coffee Depot.
Downtown's Coffee Depot to close - The Press Enterprise covers the sad announcement that the Coffee Depot is indeed closing.
Coffee Depot on Youtube - New artists. Famous musicians. Everyone had a shot on open mic night.
Dance club brings back 1940s - The Press Enterprise writes about swing dancing at the Depot.
Coffee Depot on Yelp - Highly rated. The first review I read said "I miss this place like crazy..."
Geof on Facebook - There's an outpoiring of love happening on Facebook. So jump on, friend Geof, and share a memory or two.
Geof Gaines Scholarship Memorial Fund - Thank you for remembering Geof by donating to the worthy students of Newbury Park Adventist Academy.
Coffee Depot was located in the old Union Pacific Train Depot in downtown Riverside, across the street from “The Old Spaghetti Factory”. Built in 1904, the Depot is Riverside's Historic Landmark #9 and is also one of only three buildings in Riverside to be on the National Registry of Historical Places.
Coffee Depot opened up a second location on March 20, 2005 at the Riverside Plaza.
KTLA Morning News –Inland Empire's #1 Coffee House
~ Live Broadcast on KTLA
Riverside - City Best - Coffee Houses
~ AOL City's Best
2001 Beautification Award 1st Place- Historic/Cultural Preservation
~ Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful
The National Registry of Historic Places
Voted #1 Coffee House in the Inland Empire
~ By MyFoxLA.com
Voted #1 Independent Coffee House in Riverside County
~ By the Press Enterprise
Riverside's Historic Landmark #9