Sump Coffee (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670), Riverfront Times's reigning "Best Coffeehouse," is closed indefinitely because of a busted sewer lateral. Or, as owner Scott Carey describes it on the Sump tumblr, "...our lateral is out. Totally gone. So bad that the cast iron was neither iron or cast."
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Gut Check reached out to Carey for more information, but his tumblr post about the closure is thorough. Here is the heart of it:
Resolving the problem requires several parties, time and capital; and nothing moves quickly. As it stands now, it looks like the outside piece will be completed by the end of this week -no guarantee with rain this week. As for the inside bit, never ever underestimate what a horrible bit of business this is or what having good friends (ones with shovels and rubber boots) are worth. But the floor is trenched and ready for PVC as of today. What makes this whole thing uncertain, and anyone who has worked on an old building knows, that when you do one thing something else breaks (and if it were only one thing we'd be lucky). One broke very expensive thing resulted in another broke very expensive thing(s).
Sump can still roast coffee, which is available for purchase at several area locations, including Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719) and Comet Coffee (5708 Oakland Avenue; 314-645-7158).
More on Sump's reopening as we learn it.