Career Path of 5 Point Café’s David Meinert

Career Path of 5 Point Café’s David Meinert has Provided Variety for Seattle Entrepreneur

Some American cities just exude “cool” and it comes naturally to them. The British invasion of the 1960s gave way to New York City birthing disco in the ‘70s as well as CBGB and The Ramones in the latter part of that decade. Throughout the ‘80s, every corner of America was contributing acts to the “new wave” and “hair metal” scenes. Everyone from Blondie to Guns ‘N Roses was taking their rightful place alongside European giants like U2 and Judas Priest. The 1990s provided a period for Seattle, Washington to shine as “grunge” because the genre du jour and Nirvana was the name on everyone’s lips. Of course, 5 Point Café’s David Meinert remembers it well because he was traveling alongside Pearl Jam in 1995 – a major year for the band from Seattle. 

More specifically, Meinert had helped build a portable radio station to tour with the band led by Eddie Vedder that grew into a the FUCC radio collective that played underground music and news to listeners in Seattle. While this was a fun project for the time, it also taught 5 Point Café’s David Meinert a valuable lesson about the music industry: there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes infrastructure required to keep things running on schedule. As he became a businessman in the Seattle scene, Meinert became incredibly familiar with the workings of the business world. In the years following his foray into broadcasting in 1995, 5 Point Café’s David Meinert would become a band promoter, head of a small record label, artist manager, owner of a consulting company and music festival producer. 

Not content to rest on his laurels, it was the 5 Point Café that took David Meinert well out of the music scene and into restaurants. After acquiring the famed 24-hour diner in Seattle, Meinert got to work on restoring it to its former glory. His belief that service workers deserve a livable minimum wage has also become a prominent rallying cry and it’s made the diner popular as both a place to work and a place to dine at and support your neighbors. Naturally, his work on social issues such as a $15 minimum wage took 5 Point Café’s David Meinert ever closer to community advocacy and quasi-political groups. The LEAD Community Advisory Board, for example, saw Mr. Meinert advise social service and police departments on issues currently affecting the Belltown neighborhood in Seattle. 

Washington Requires Face Masks in Restaurants

Starting July 7, businesses will be required to ensure their customers or clients are wearing face coverings, the governor announced today. This is similar to the order that has been in place in Yakima. This requirement will be monitored by the state Department of Labor & Industries. There are exemptions to the previous Department of Health order, including people with certain disabilities or health conditions, people who are deaf or hard of hearing and children under the age of 2. The order does not require you to document or prove a reason for not wearing a face covering. If a business won’t allow you to enter their office or store, ask them what accommodations they can provide such as curbside pick-up, delivery or virtual meeting options.

The governor has also put a pause on all county applications to reopen due to high levels of #COVID19 activity across the state. Counties will remain in their current phase for at least the next two weeks.

Finally even Vice President Mike Pence agrees, we know from experience that wearing masks reduces the spread of the coronavirus. 

Florida, Texas and California just closed bars in several counties because of increased new cases of Covid-19. 

PLEASE wear a mask when you are near other people. Period. And when you come into the 5 Point, we require you to wear one unless you are seated. This means when you get up to use the bathroom and when you are leaving. It’s the law. And it will protect our staff and other customers from getting sick. 

If all of you do this, we won’t have to close again. If you don’t we will. And if we have to close again there might not be a reopening. Just keep that in mind when you visit places you love. If you won’t wear a mask, you could be responsible for putting that place out of business. 

Wearing a mask won’t just keep you and others people from dying, it will keep your favorite locally owned business from dying too. 

AND, IF YOU DON’T HAVE A MASK WITH YOU AND WANT TO COME IN, JUST ASK US FOR A MASK. THANKS TO Public Health – Seattle & King County WE HAVE MASKS TO GIVE YOU. Please don’t make our staff become mask police. Just ask for one and wear it. (or be creative like the photo attached).

Don’t be a Dick. Wear a mask.

– David Meinert