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Customers visit Rise Coffee House in the Grove on its last day

"There are so many layers to this decision. But the simplest answer is, it is time."
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The line stretches out the door on the last day Rise Coffee will be open

ST. LOUIS — Friday is the last day Rise Coffee House in the Grove neighborhood will be open. 

The shop, located at 4176 Manchester Ave., has offered specialized coffee drinks, breakfast and lunch offerings since it opened in 2013. The line at the coffee house was out the door Friday as customers waited to purchase their final drink from the coffee shop.

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Customers wait in line for their last cup of Rise Coffee before the shop closes.

"There are so many layers to this decision. But the simplest answer is, it is time," the business said on its Facebook page June 17. "We could wax on about the long term impact of the pandemic, rising food prices, staffing, etcetera,. but the long and the short of it is that running a restaurant has become unsustainable for us." 

Rise Coffee House was founded by owner Jessie Mueller. In a phone interview, Mueller said she "doesn't want to blame the closing on any specific thing." Rather, she said she wants the positive spirit of the coffee shop to overshadow the reasons it's closings.

Click here for the full story from the St. Louis Business Journal.

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