Burst pipe, drunken driver crash make for a bad Monday at St. Paul eateries


There was some bad luck going around St. Paul's restaurant scene Monday night as calamity struck at two food establishments.

Within the span of a few hours, Como Dockside in Como Park was forced to shut down mid-service after a leak in the women's bathroom, while a suspected drunk driver smashed through a wall to Mama's Pizza in Rice Street.

The long-awaited, New Orleans-style restaurant Como Dockside only opened on Friday, part of a "soft-opening" that is expected to last a few weeks, but diners eating on Monday were forced to leave when the bathroom leak started making its way down to the restaurant floor, the Pioneer Press reports.

"There was a water valve in the women's room. It failed," co-owner Jon Oulman told the newspaper. "A one-inch water pipe basically opened up and gave everything a rinse. A lot of water comes out of a one-inch pipe."

The restaurant, which St. Paul officials hope will become a destination eatery situated in the picturesque setting of the Como Pavilion, has said on its Facebook page it will remain closed Tuesday, though it's hoping to reopen Wednesday.

Mama's Pizza, on the other hand, is managing to stay open despite a minivan crashing into the front of the store at around 11:40 p.m. Monday, KSTP reports.

The crash caused damage to the establishment's gas line and brick facade, though the gas line has since been fixed by Xcel Energy.

The pizza place joked on its Facebook page that it now has a "drive through window" as it posted a picture of the damage.

In another post, the eatery thanked Xcel Energy for working through the night to allow them to open for business Tuesday, and also thanked the St. Paul fire and police department for their help.

A 38-year-old St. Paul man was arrested on suspicion of DWI a few blocks away following the incident.

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