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A Special Time and Place

During the tumultuous yet transformative 1970s, there blossomed an oasis of peace, love, and vegetarian cuisine at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California. The cafe sprang to life, rooted deeply in the burgeoning vegetarian movement. 

Founded by Billy Bramlett, a visionary who saw the cafe not just as a place to dine but as a community hub, the cafe became a beacon for those seeking not only meatless cuisine but a sense of belonging and connection. The cafe’s story is woven with threads of innovation, camaraderie, and a commitment to wellness, mirroring the town’s vibrant spirit. While the doors of the physical cafe have since closed, the essence of its history lives on. 

The Sleeping Lady Cafe

Dreams of Nourishment

In the heart of Fairfax, California, during the tumultuous yet transformative 1970s, there blossomed an oasis of peace, love, and vegetarian cuisine, the Sleeping Lady Cafe sprang to life, rooted deeply in the burgeoning vegetarian movement of the 1970s. Founded by Billy Bramlett, a visionary who saw the cafe not just as a place to dine but as a community hub, the cafe became a beacon for those seeking not only meatless cuisine but a sense of belonging and connection. While the doors of the physical cafe have since closed, the essence and rich tapestry of its history live on.

Marin County, a Cultural Melting Pot

Marin County in the 1970s was a haven for those seeking an escape from the conventional. Amidst the backdrop of political upheaval, environmental activism, and a burgeoning counterculture, the area became a sanctuary for artists, musicians, and free spirits. The Sleeping Lady stood at the crossroads of this vibrant community, offering a space where ideas flowed as freely as the coffee and the music never stopped. The cafe's story is woven with threads of innovation, camaraderie, and a commitment to wellness and sustainability, mirroring the town's vibrant spirit.

A Time of Change, A Time of Growth

The 1970s were a time of significant change. Across the world, movements for peace, environmentalism, and civil rights were gaining momentum. The Vietnam War was drawing to a contentious close, and the first Earth Day was celebrated. In this era of awakening, the Sleeping Lady was more than just a place to eat; it was a place to discuss, to learn, and to mobilize. It reflected the growing consciousness around health, both of the body and of the planet, pioneering vegetarian cuisine.

"Billy Love"

Bill Bramblett was not just a figure in the Sleeping Lady Cafe's story; he was its heartbeat, embodying the spirit and dreams that gave birth to this iconic sanctuary. As the founder of the Sleeping Lady, Billy infused the café with his passion for community, music, and healthy cuisine, creating a space that was more than a restaurant — it was a cultural hub that mirrored the era's collective yearning for change and connection. Beloved "Billy Love" changed opinions and lives, all with a love for people, food, and music.

The Birth of The Sleeping Lady Cafe

Named after the Miwok legend of Mount Tamalpais, The Sleeping Lady Cafe was the brainchild of Billy Bramblett who envisioned a communal space that melded their love for wholesome food, soulful music, and heartfelt companionship. Opening its doors, the cafe quickly became a nexus for the creative, curious, and idealists hosting an array of performances from local and visiting musicians alike, and serving dishes that were as nourishing to the body as they were to the soul.

A Legacy of Music

Through its years of operation, The Sleeping Lady didn't just serve meals; it nurtured a community. It stood as a testament to the belief that food could be ethical, that music could heal, and that a single place could change countless lives. Between 1972 and 1984, the Sleeping Lady Cafe became a vibrant nucleus of Fairfax's music scene, hosting an eclectic mix of artists that enriched the tapestry of its legacy. The cafe's walls echoed with the melodies of renowned talents and local luminaries.

In favor of flavor

Our growing team

Lisa Davis

Creative Director

Tom Laxley

"That" Tom

Alejandra Masou

Project Manager

Fred Davis

Botantist

Lisa Lou Becker

Recipe Tester

Carrying Forward the Legacy

As we look back on the rich tapestry of history, culture, and cuisine that defined The Sleeping Lady Cafe, we invite you to journey with us. Explore the recipes that delighted generations, the music that echoed through the walls, and the stories that breathe life into the legend.

It was more than a café; it was a movement, a melody, and a meal shared among friends. It was a place where the past met the present and where the future was crafted with love, laughter, and a dash of rebellion. Join us as we continue the journey, and let the spirit of The Sleeping Lady Cafe inspire you, nourish you, and remind you of the power of community.

Explore "The Sleeping Lady Cafe Cookbook," where each recipe is a melody, and every page turn is a step back in time.

Got a tale or two about the SLC? We're all ears! Share your stories and become part of the legend.

Whether from the original recipe or your kitchen we are looking for recipe testers and vegetarian recipes.

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