The Underground Cafe’s story began in June 2012, in a small but promising commercial strip on Saskatoon’s infamous 20th St. West. Owner Dallyn Guenther stopped by a newly opened Village Guitar & Amp for a standard tune-up on his favourite Telecaster. He was intrigued by the space next door, and after meeting the landlord and new entrepreneurs of Riversdale, knew this would be the site of something special.
Dallyn spent three years abroad in Australia and New Zealand, where he was greatly influenced by the strong independent coffee scene. Dallyn gained much of his experience as a barista in a predominantly Italian district of Sydney, Australia. He also operated a roadside coffee cart in Kaikoura, New Zealand. Upon returning to Saskatoon, Dallyn’s vision for The Underground Cafe was born.
After establishing The Underground Café, the Riversdale community was catching on and business grew quickly. In January 2014, Jordan Zakoor came on board with fresh ideas and years of experience in the restaurant industry. Jordan hit the ground running and turned the coffee shop into the cafe it is today, procuring favourites such as The Page Grilled Sandwich, The Goodness Bar, and the award-winning Citrus Red Lentil Soup. Together, Dallyn and Jordan transformed the space into a bustling café by day and music venue by night, hosting a variety of local and traveling acts.
The Underground Cafe would like to thank those who volunteered their time and expertise getting the concept off the ground. Also to the community who supports our vision and passion for quality coffee, homemade food, and rock ‘n’ roll.
Keep it underground!