Coffee continues to be the most efficient fuel for the human body's complex system of fuel injectors, auxiliary hearts, and flux capacitors. Fill up your flesh tank with today's Groupon: for $5 you get $10 worth of locally produced coffee and eats at IKE Box Café on Cottage Street.
IKE Box brews and serves locally produced Allann Brothers coffee and a small menu of café fare in a community-centric atmosphere. Thaw brains frozen from slumbering inactivity with a morning cup of chai ($3–$3.80) or Mexican mocha ($3.25–$4.10). Overheating insides can cool down with frosty blended drinks ($3.95–$4.45) in flavors such as java chip, white mocha, and vanilla bean. Lasagna ($5.75), quiche ($4.75), and fresh hummus on a pita or bagel ($3.50–$3.95) help comprise the café’s small list of nosh.
IKE Box Café is the caffeinated brainchild of Isaac's Room, a non-profit organization that aims to empower Salem youth with essential work skills. The venue also features a stage in a 120-year-old former ballroom that was originally designed as a funeral home. Both local and touring musicians regularly appear on the concert schedule, charming appetites from their stomach slumbers. The café serves up snacks and beverages until 10 p.m. during the week and stays open late whenever there are evening concerts.
Five Yelpers give IKE Box an average of 3.5 stars:
- The Ike Box is a legitimate coffee shop by day and show space at night that draws the young adult, not quite 21 yet college crowd. – Andrew C., 2/23/09
- You won't want earplugs for a show in the Box, you'll want a nose plug. It's abrupt. It's overwhelming. And it makes you want a cup of coffee. – Michelle H., 3/10/09
IKE Box inhabits the ground floor of a 120-year-old downtown building whose spacious ballroom now serves as the main seating area of the café. Baristas serve Sisters Coffee Company coffee and espresso alongside locally produced pastries, fresh hummus, and organic cookies. For added color, an onsite art gallery swaps in fresh works from community artists each month. IKE Box also has multiple large spaces for meetings and other get-togethers.
Committed to helping not just coffee drinkers and artists but the community as well, IKE Box is run by Isaac’s Room, a nonprofit youth organization that seeks to provide valuable life skills and training to divested youth.