Monday, February 24, 2020
Activity at the fire-damaged Cafe Mocha
This past week, workers covered up the windows at Cafe Mocha, which was wiped out by the three-alarm fire on Feb. 10 at 48 E. Seventh St./116 Second Ave.
Workers were also spotted removing debris from the retail space as well as the rest of the building (thanks to Steven for the photos on Friday)...
There is a full vacate on the property, though the city is allowing emergency work, including sealing the roof.
Cafe Mocha has taken a hopeful approach about possibly reopening. A sign on the door and a message on their Instagram account thanks neighbors and customers for their loyalty through the years.
[Photo from Feb. 15]
Meanwhile, on Seventh Street, the Italian restaurant Via Della Pace was also damaged. In an Instagram post on Feb. 11, management said that they were unsure whether they'd continue on with the business.
Based on the 300-plus comments on the post, many patrons hope to see them back.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Five firefighters were treated for minor injuries. None of the residents were said to be injured. One tenant of the building said on an EVG Facebook post that "all tenants and animals are safe and sound."
And no word on any type of crowdfunding campaigns for the displaced residents. Please let me know if you hear of any.