New business experiences fallout after fire at Broadway Theatre

Business owner deals with fallout from Broadway Theatre fire in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A fire that destroyed Broadway Theatre in Cape Girardeau on March 31 also caused issues for other business owners.

Suzanne Hightower is the owner of Speakeasy Coffee Co. on Broadway.

The new coffee shop will be a 1920s-themed business and is currently located next to the old theater.

“We had some piles of dry wall that were damaged,” said Hightower. “They had to pull back a piece of paneling in the dome area to get the fire out and the water ran into the coffee shop.”

The business is currently under renovations due to the damage, which has pushed their opening date back.

“It puts us behind on getting the dry wall up because we have to let everything dry all out,” said Hightower.

Outside the building, a portion of Broadway Street remains closed.

City officials say it is unclear when the street will reopen because the building is still not stable.

For now, Hightower said she will continue to prepare for the grand opening and hopes there will not be any more setbacks.

“We’ll we need to get the dry wall up first. Once we can start doing that then everything’s going to move a lot faster,” she said.

Hightower said the Speakeasy Coffee Co. is expected to open in early June.

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