By Eric Heinz
Staying open has been touch-and-go with Waldschänke Ciders + Coffee in recent weeks after a large piece of scaffolding crashed into the roof of the local business on July 23.
Heavy winds during the day caused the scaffolding from an adjacent apartment building that’s being developed to fall over and nearly topple onto unsuspecting customers. Co-owner Kelley Dufresne said there could be temporary closures to repair some of the damage, but no one was injured in the incident.
“We were able to reopen sort of temporarily,” Dufresne said. “Most of the damage is to the exterior of the building and our attic space. But the interior of the tap room area is totally fine. Our coffee shop area got a little bit banged up, but nothing too structurally terrible.”
Around 4:30 p.m. on the fateful day, Dufrense said the wind picked up to intense speeds. “We had all of our garage doors open, so we went to close them all,” she said. “One of our bartenders … as he was turning the misters off, the wind really picked up, and he decided to get everyone on the patio inside because it was getting a little intense. Maybe 3 to 5 seconds later, it just came crashing down. It’s incredible no one was hurt.”
A pile of twisted metal and wood was left in its wake. Crews from the construction company were onscene the next day collecting the materials and inspecting the building. Updates about the business and the incident have been posted to the Waldschänke Instagram page.