Burst pipe puts downtown cafe out of action for a day

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Johan’s Joe prides itself on moist pastry, but not this moist.

The pastry chef at the Swedish-style cafe opened up shortly before six this morning to find two to three inches of water throughout the 3,000-square-foot shop at 401 S. Dixie Highway.

According to General Manager Melissa Wood, a pipe burst under a sink, spreading water through the back and front hallways and dining area.

“It was a mess when we got there,” Wood said. “Our pastry chef came to open the place and she called me pretty stressed out.”

The downtown cafe is closed for the day but will reopen tomorrow. A restoration company is hard at work with mops and industrial fans and vacuums. The furniture’s out on the sidewalk.

Johan’s Jӧe Swedish Coffee House & Café opened in Sept. 2015.

The shop boasts a custom blend of Sweden’s most ethical and environmentally friendly coffee and tea from Löfbergs Lila, as well as Scandinavian baked goods, croissants, pastries, muffins, bagels, gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, and breakfast and lunch options.

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