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According to an article in ''Time'',<ref>''Time,'' Monday, April 15, 1957</ref> [[skiffle]] was new to the UK, and the 2i's Coffee Bar and, nearby, [[The Cat's Whisker]], founded by [[Peter Evans (restaurateur)|Peter Evans]], were where "Soho hipsters swelter and suffocate for it... and... generally the musicians were paid with coffee and cokes".<ref>McDevitt, Chas: ''Skiffle: The Definitive Inside Story''. Robson Books. ISBN 1-86105-140-9</ref> Evans later started the [[Aberdeen Angus Steak Houses|Angus Steak Houses]] from the bar. [[Lionel Bart]] and [[Mickie Most]] worked there as waiters.<ref name=birthplace/> [[Led Zeppelin]]'s manager, [[Peter Grant (music manager)|Peter Grant]], was a bouncer at the 2i's prior to his career in the music business.<ref name="Wall">[[Mick Wall]] (2008), ''When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin'', London: Orion, p. 18.</ref>
 
The 2i's closed in 1967. It later became the Dome Café Bar and then the Boulevard Bar. The basementsite is now simplyThe House of Ho, a modern Vietnamese restaurant owned by world-renowned chef [[lobbyBobby (room)|lobbyChinn]]. areaEvery Sunday the restaurant holds 'Bobby's Rock'n'Roll Brunch' to celebrate the history of the site <ref>http://musicstorytellers.wordpress.com/the-history-of-the-2i%E2%80%99s-coffee-bar/</ref> name=birthplaceand it's 'Rock'n'Roll' roots.<ref>http://www.houseofho.co.uk/blog/introducing-bobbys-rocknroll-brunch/</ref>
 
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