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Fire Severely Damages Downtown Decatur Coffee Shop

Java Monkey on Church Street will be closed for weeks

The extent of the fire damage to Java Monkey in Decatur is unknown
The extent of the fire damage to Java Monkey in Decatur is unknown
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

An overnight fire damaged Java Monkey coffee shop on Church Street in Decatur, the AJC reports. The extent of the damage is severe enough the shop will likely be closed for weeks. It’s unclear what started the blaze. Fire department officials believe it began in the attic of the building around 11 p.m. Sunday evening.

Two nearby businesses that back up to Java Monkey, Noodle and Fresh to Order, were also damaged by smoke and water. The damage to Noodle was severe enough the restaurant told patrons on Facebook it’s closed for the “foreseeable future.”

Java Monkey posted the following status to Facebook this morning:

Due to a fire last night, Java monkey will be closed for at least a month. The fire department are trying to asses...

Posted by Java Monkey on Monday, November 12, 2018

The new owners of Java Monkey recently made a few changes to the longstanding business, including not serving wine and beer in the evenings. It seems this decision was due to issues with the liquor license that were recently resolved. However, other changes haven’t gone over well with regulars, according to Decaturish.

Java Monkey is an Eater Atlanta essential coffee shop and has been in business in Decatur for over 20 years. The shop regularly hosts spoken-word artists and poetry slams.

Eater Atlanta has reached out for more details.

Java Monkey

425 Church Street, , GA 30030 (404) 378-5002 Visit Website