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.