Spoke Cafe was started in the summer of 2021 by Alec Olson, age 13. After binging Shark Tank during the pandemic, he was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and set out to start his own company. After doing some market research, he landed on a mobile bike cafe that could serve both nitro cold brew coffee (a hot market) and old-fashioned root beer (his personal favorite) from the dual taps on his custom made bike! Never one to pass up an opportunity, he quickly added ice cream floats (root beer or nitro coffee) and began making his rounds to block parties and corporate events! The rest, as they say, is history.
The phrase "it takes a village" is one that Spoke truly embodies! Alec has been very lucky to find such wonderful local partners such as River Forest Kitchen, Filbert's Old-Fashioned Root Beer, Sputnik Coffee, Whirlwind Coffee, Byilne Bank and more to help him with this venture!
This season Spoke Cafe will continue to support Beyond Hunger based in Oak Park. Alec began his work with them through Boy Scouts and hosts a (now annual) fundraising event at the end of the summer!