In 1995, while scouting for a location to open his second restaurant, Bruce Carey identified the Mexico Cafe restaurant on Broadway in the heart of downtown Portland, as both a cool space that needed attention and a perfect site that would support his concept for a casual deejay cafe with featured specialty craft cocktails that would take diners and nightlife revelers beyond the Cosmopolitan. A deal was made with the family that operated the venerable Mexico Cafe for the previous fourteen years, and renowned architect Brad Cloepfil (Allied Works Architecture) was hired to design the new restaurant (in trade for a lifetime supply of martinis).