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St. Michael's Alley, Palo Alto

St. Michael's Alley was coffeehouse located at 436 University Avenue in Palo Alto. It was opened by owner Vernon Gates in 1959. It was a venue for folk, jazz, plays, poetry and probably other types of performances. It was an early venue for Jerry Garcia, members of Jeferson Airplane and Joan Baez. The venue closed at the University Avenue location in 1966. Vernon Gates opened a new St. Michael's Alley, a restaurant, on Emerson Street in Palo Alto in 1973.

Vernon Gates sold the business in 1994. The new owners retained the name and are still running St. Michael's Alley, now located on Homer Avenue in Palo Alto.

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Last updated September 2019