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According to an article in ''Time'',<ref>''Time,'' Monday, 15 April 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=welch>{{cite book|last=Welch|first=Chris|year=2002|title=Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin|location=London|publisher=Omnibus Press|page=19|isbn=0-7119-9195-2}}</ref>
 
The 2i's closed in 1967. It later became the Dome Café Bar and then the Boulevard Bar. The site then became The House of Ho, a modern Vietnamese restaurant owned by chef [[Bobby Chinn]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://musicstorytellers.wordpress.com/the-history-of-the-2i%E2%80%99s-coffee-bar/|title=THE HISTORY OF THE 2i's COFFEE BAR|work=Musicstorytellers|accessdate=21 December 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.houseofho.co.uk/blog/introducing-bobbys-rocknroll-brunch/|title=House of Ho|publisher=Houseofho.co.uk|accessdate=21 December 2014|deadurlurl-status=yesdead|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20141108033249/http://www.houseofho.co.uk/blog/introducing-bobbys-rocknroll-brunch/|archivedate=8 November 2014|df=dmy-all}}</ref> From July 2016 the site has been the Soho Poppies Fish & Chips restaurant.
 
==Legacy==
On 18 September 2006, a [[Blue plaque|Green Plaque]] was unveiled at the site of the 2i's Coffee Bar to commemorate its existence, and to celebrate 50 years of British [[rock and roll]].<ref name=birthplace/><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.westminster.gov.uk/leisureandculture/greenplaques/ |title=Westminster City Council – Green Plaques Scheme |publisher=Government of the United Kingdom |date=10 November 2004 |accessdate=22 December 2012 |deadurlurl-status=yesdead |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20080919042952/http://www.westminster.gov.uk/leisureandculture/greenplaques/ |archivedate=19 September 2008 |df=dmy-all }}</ref>
 
[[Ringo Starr]] mentions "the 2i's Cafe" – "That's where Tommy Steele would play" – in the song "Rory and the Hurricanes" on his 2015 album [[Postcards from Paradise]].
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