Hornbeek loves working in such an old building, and he gets enthusiastic when talking about the history. There is even an legend that Bonnie and Clyde once stayed at the boardinghouse, only to rob the Citizen's Bank of Edmond across the street the next morning.
“I'm so old I'll use an adjective that you'll probably think is lame, but it's cool,” he said. “We take pride in what we've done.”
The building is not earthquake proof. Hornbeek recalled an earthquake experience a few years ago that shook and swayed the building.
“I thought the two male employees I had at the time were wrestling,” he said. “I can promise you this building was not designed around any earthquake standards.”
Evoke's owner, Jason Duncan, 30, said he “wanted a building with character.” Evoke was originally a catering company, and this is its first and only “brick and mortar” location.
Coffee is its main focus, but Evoke also serves beer, wine, cocktails, tea, soda, and hot chocolate. The food menu includes sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods.
The coffee arrives every Friday.
“I'm a coffeeholic, same as the guy at Golf Tailor,” Hornbeek said.