Bombastic News

Another article has been written about the cafe, this time by Serena Dai from the local news website, DNAinfo. This article focuses on the concept of the cafe:

New Bombastic Cafe to Feature 'Intimate' Talks on Contrarian Topics

LAKEVIEW — A new cafe on Southport wants to change your mind — or at least start the wheels turning about contrarian economic and political ideas like ending the Federal Reserve.

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Richard Sykes, 58, is opening Bombastic Cafe, 3732 N. Southport Ave., with hopes that it will become a social space with an art gallery and talks about politics, economics and foreign policy. Social change is achieved through small communities of people meeting each other, Sykes said, and that's his goal for Bombastic as he enters retirement.

He expects to be open for business in November.
"Think of it as a TED talk," Sykes said, referring to the popular idea-sharing talks . "A more intimate version of TED."

Already, Sykes has lined up Stephen Zarlenga, an economist and director of the American Monetary Institute whose ideas about folding the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury are known to have inspired former Congressmen Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich.

The issues Sykes plans to shed light on might be out of the mainstream, he said, but it's "not for shock value."
Sykes said the truth just sometimes seems shocking.

"We're living in an age where telling the truth is so outrageous, it's Bombastic [sic]," the cafe's mission statement reads, "and demanding the truth, well that's a conspiracy."

When talks aren't happening, the focus of the cafe will be the art gallery — and the art should be striking up a debate, too.

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Sykes, who studied art before entering product design, will only select artists "who have never stopped doing art out of pure compulsion," he said. Painters must be at least 60 years old and established.

"Art is not entertainment," Sykes said. "Good art challenges assumption."

Coffee, of course, will also be served, and a garden in the back will be adorned with tables with hopes for a "cafe in museum" type atmosphere, Sykes said. Even though the aspirations for debate and social change seem high, Sykes said just a little bit of change will make him happy.

"If five people change their perspective," he said, "I've succeeded."

Click here to see the DNAinfo Chicago article and larger photos.

Recently, an article was written about Bombastic Cafe in the LakeView Patch, a local news website for the Lakeview area. This is what they had to say: 

New Cafe Bombastic Mixing Art, Culture and Coffee in Lake View

The new space will be more than just coffee, the owner says, with guest lecturers and art displays like a gallery.

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Work is being done at a new café in Lake View, and the owner has big ideas to make the space anything but ordinary. 

Bombastic is aiming to open in October at 3732 N. Southport Ave., next door to Blue Bayou, a Cajun restaurant currently being completely revamped. Owner Richard Sykes says the café will be a cross between a coffee shop and event space where customers have a social experience. 

Bombastic Cafe StorefrontThat means contracting lifelong artists to display their work at the storefront, as well as inviting educational lecturers to speak on topics as deep as the United States Federal Reserve. Bombastic will be different.

“We’re going to be out there,” Sykes said. “We want to be a coffee shop where you connect the dots and have an epiphany. We want to be an art gallery with a coffee shop in it. … You could call it a social venture.”

Bombastic Cafe ConstructionSykes, who’s owned the nearly 1,500-square-foot space since 1999, says Bombastic will roast single-origin African coffees on site to ensure freshness. Cups will also be served up using a pour-over method rather than brewing drip coffee.

The storefront will have wifi internet when open, but won’t serve food. Sykes said it’ll be a place to relax and learn from published authors, area professors and more.

Bombastic Cafe BackIn addition, he has big plans for the future. Behind the building sits a private garden and garage, an area Sykes plans to develop into indoor and outdoor seating areas and an additional event space next year. 

“When that happens, we’ll have one of the only private outdoor patios on the street,” he said.

Sykes says Bombastic is gearing up for what he expects will be a major spike in interest on Southport in the near future.

“It looks like Southport is getting ready to boom.”

Click here to see the LakeView Patch article and larger photos.


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