A building fire has shut down one of South Florida’s popular coffeehouses.
The Alchemist, a trendy coffeehouse on the east side of Wilton Manors, has been closed for two weeks following a fire in the building’s electrical room.
In a report by the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Investigation Unit, the main meter switch was found arching and smoldering. Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Engine 16 crew responded to a 911 call on August 27 at 3:20 p.m.
Chris McGrath, spokesman for Florida Power & Light, declined to comment on what may have sparked the fire.
Anjo Molina, Alchemist general manager, told SFGN the fire has put as many as 15 of his employees out of work. The investigation by Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue determined there was $25,000 in property loss and $5,000 in contents loss.
Located at 2430 N.E. 13th Avenue in Wilton Manors, the Alchemist attracts a young and hip crowd who come for its home roasted coffee and funky collection of independent vendors inside Eucalyptus Gardens. It was voted best coffee house by readers of the New Times in 2016 and is nominated for Best Kept Secret in this year’s Best of awards at SFGN.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Alchemist still had no power and was operating on generators from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Molina.