The staff of the café has changed over the years, although one waitress (whose name was never mentioned, but who was portrayed by actress Luck Hari) was there for 4 years and in the later seasons of the series, a waiter named James was a permanent fixture at the café. Rick, the father of Roz Doyle's daughter Alice, was a café waiter and saved the money he earned there to study in Paris. One episode features Collette, an inveterate gossip who was in on KACL secrets that even Frasier and Roz weren't aware of.
Waitress Kit, a "free spirited" young lady, dated Niles Crane in the final two episodes of season 6, entitled "Shutout in Seattle". Waiter Eric dated Daphne Moon for a while, and her mother Gertrude got a job there when she moved to Seattle. An enormous young man named Chad was "the one who doesn't react when his arm touches the steamer nozzle", and Frasier attributed insipid latte foam to "Chad being back on steamer duty".
Pauley Perrette (credited simply as Pauley P.) did a two-episode stint as waitress Rebecca in season four.
In the season 10 episode "Farewell Nervosa", it was revealed that the owner was a woman named Maureen Nervosa, played by Amy Hill.
There are actually four different versions of the café. The "big" café shows several tables, the front door, the counter, and is meant to represent the whole café. The "medium" café eliminates the tables that are to the right of the counter (from the perspective of someone facing the front door). The "little café" only features the small reading lounge area of the café. When this set piece is used, waiters and waitresses approach the tables for orders, rather than receiving them at the counter.
There is also an outside view, which includes several tables in a patio-like setting. This structure features in several episodes, including "My Coffee With Niles," (they find a seat outside, but it begins to rain shortly after) "A Word to the Wiseguy," (where Frasier and Niles meet Jerome, a mafia-type figure) and "A Cranes' Critique" (where Niles, Frasier, and Martin have coffee before a shopping trip and first spot fictitious writer, TH Houghton).
Also in the series is one scene in the men's bathroom when Bebe is attempting to lure Frasier back to her agency.
There is a real Café Nervosa on Yorkville Avenue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Hastings Street in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada as well as on Magazine Street, Derry, in Northern Ireland. Conversely, a café does in fact exist at 3rd and Pike in Seattle, which is a Starbucks.
The imaginary café has been the subject of a marketing tie-in cookbook, Café Nervosa: The Connoisseur's Cookbook.
- Frasier, Crane; Crane, Niles (1996). Café Nervosa: The Connoisseur's Cookbook. Oxmoor House. ISBN 0-8487-1550-0.
- "Elliott Bay Cafe – The Inspiration for Cafe Nervosa on "Frasier"".
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