(Rudy's) Can't Fail Cafe is located in Uptown on Telegraph Avenue next to the renovated Fox Theater. It is easily distinguished by its blue neon sign and giant palm tree in front. Even just ordering a coffee guarantees you a warm welcome and friendly chit-chat. The decor is kitschy and fun. Along one wall is a 20 foot case filled with Barbie and Ken dolls wearing a blue and black uniform and a button saying "I am Rudy." Closer inspection reveals that many of the dolls have been "modified" to include masks, C3PO heads, Wonder Woman lariats, feathers, and other amusing details.
The tables on the other side of the cafe are essentially shadow boxes with themes including Star Wars, rock and roll, and children's game pieces. In the rear of the cafe is the back end of an Air Stream trailer that has been hollowed out to house a private booth.
I didn't order anything to eat, but in the brief time I was there several more parties came in for a late lunch. So the food must be good and the Yelp crowd generally approves. I hear it's a hipster scene at night which is both bad and good depending on your point of view.
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