Owner Tom Roberge opened Riffraff in 2017 along with co-founder Emma Ramadan. As veterans of the publishing world, bookselling, and translation. they drew inspiration for the space from the best independent bookstores and neighborhood bars alike, establishments that are welcoming and comfortable and integral to the community. It's the kind of place where readers looking for a selection of thoughtfully curated books might sit down at the bar and ask their neighbor what they’re reading, and where those meeting a friend for a good inexpensive drink might also pick up a book at the same time.

Riffraff was only possible through an incredible amount of financial and moral support from friends, family, and community investors. Thanks to all of you — you know who you are.

All design and fabrication, in the bookstore and bar, was done by Joshua Kampa.