Geoffrey's was founded in 1991 by Michael A. Aplin in Boston’s Back Bay, named after his Life Partner Geoffrey W. Seelen. It was their goal to offer comfort food in a funky casual atmosphere.
Michael, a native of Michigan, attended a small culinary school in Flint, MI graduating top of his class in 1982. He has worked in restaurants in Michigan, Florida, Connecticut, Boston and NYC before opening a place of his own. Geoffrey, a native of New York & Cape Cod, was a 1980 graduate of Harvard University. After college he moved to NYC and became a Vice President at Chase Manhattan and eventually returned to Boston where he completed a Masters in Social Work. Geoffrey and Michael met in 1990 and soon realized they were made for each other. It was with the inspiration of Geoffrey, that Michael opened a restaurant, with Michael creating the menu’s and training the staff and Geoffrey gave the restaurant its signature look. A second Geoffrey’s Cafe opened in 1993 on Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. They sold their original location in the fall of 1994 to focus on the South End location. On January 6th, 1995 Geoffrey W. Seelen passed away after a short illness, and it is now with great pride that Michael continues to operate the restaurant keeping the memory of Geoffrey alive. In 2007 Brian F. Spencer, General Manager since 1999 became Managing Partner when he and Michael reopened Geoffrey’s Cafe in Roslindale Village.