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Bob Hare dies at 80; owner of Hermosa Beach coffeehouse that drew Beat artists
Bob Hare dies at 80; owner of Hermosa Beach coffeehouse that drew Beat artists

When Bob Hare opened his Hermosa Beach coffeehouse in 1958, he called it the Insomniac because it was open until 3 a.m. He brewed his coffee in a 300-pound dry-cleaning boiler and served it to such high-profile members of the Beat Generation as Allen Ginsberg and Lenny Bruce, he later recalled. The coffeehouse also became a haven for folk and blues musicians and other performers. Ginsberg read his poem "Howl" and a 16-year-old Linda Ronstadt sang, Hare said in 1992 in The Times. Hare, who later became a counselor, died of natural causes Dec. 19 at his home in Glendora, said his wife, Karen. He was 80. There was money to be made in serving coffee at 50 cents to $1 per cup, he...

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