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Bremen Italian Coffee Bar Closes

by Amy Wenger on July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Tammy Venable.

Bremen's historic downtown sector has been dealt a significant and sudden blow with today's announcement that one of the most popular gathering spots in town is soon to be no more.
The Italian Coffee Bar is closing its doors indefinitely, with Thursday, July 3 being their final day of business.

    A public statement from owner Kim Whitesel reads as follows:  "We are open today.  Starting tomorrow, July 4th, we will be closed.  We want to thank all of you for being loyal customers, we have enjoyed meeting each and every one of you.  Due to unforeseen circumstances and the extreme rise in food cost, we have to close until further notice.  Sincerely, Kim and all the staff."

The news is likely to elicit a shock wave of sadness throughout the community during a week that has brought both devastation and elation, first with a rush of destructive storms that caused widespread power outages and damage on the eve of opening day for the annual Firemen's Festival.  Resilience triumphed, however, and the parade and festival opened without a hitch, bringing a joyful atmosphere back to Bremen.

Yet there will be no welcome return for the Italian Coffee Bar, at least not in the foreseeable future.  First debuted in 2006, the eatery and coffee shop was originally owned and operated by Dana Pierce, who ran the business for seven years before Whitesel purchased the business at 110 West Plymouth Street and took over ownership in 2013.  From the start, the Italian Coffee Shop was regarded as a place for specialty menu items, such as gourmet sandwiches, soups, and desserts, and of course, several varieties of coffee drinks.  Their reputation for exemplary customer service was widely praised as well, from offering gluten-free meal options to special preparation of food items known to be customer favorites.

More details on what is expected to transpire in light of this impending business vacancy will be shared as more information becomes available.


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