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St. Paul cafe closes temporarily after mud and water flood its basement

The owners are blaming construction work outside.

Storms last week combined with construction work outside is being blamed for the temporary closure of a restaurant in St. Paul.

Capital View Cafe and Catering had to shut its doors in the wake of the storms seen in the city last Tuesday.

When owners got to the Smith Avenue premises on Wednesday morning, they found a basement flooded with mud and water.

The cafe announced to its customers last week that it'll be closed down until the cleanup is complete, posting pictures of the flooding.

"We have a wonderful crew, they are working as fast as possible to have us up and running in a timely manner," it said. "Please be patient as we work hard to remedy the situation."

It's a huge challenge for owners Kathy and Shannon Bauer and Danielle King, who only took over the business two months ago and told FOX 9 that the closure has forced them to turn away hundreds of customers.

The TV station says mud and water wreaked havoc in the basement, pushing over shelves and carts containing various equipment and supplies.

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Kathy Bauer has identified what she believes is to blame, telling the Pioneer Press that ongoing construction along Smith Avenue on behalf of Xcel Energy to upgrade its gas lines is the cause.

Xcel Energy has instructed its contractors to get cleaning services and insurance companies involved to assist with the cleanup.

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