We’re still getting to the bottom of what is going on but Tougo Coffee owner Brian Wells has sent out this plea for help to keep the 18th Ave shop open for business:
UPDATE 10:30 PM: Tougo has provided an updated message that adds additional information. We’re replacing the old message with the updated text:
Good day facebook friends, family, and community supporters.
As you all maybe aware, Mom and Pop coffee houses do not make much money, and in fact more often than not make no money at all. Tougo Coffee Co. is one of them. It’s more about trying to provide a place to call home outside of the home. A coffee house that welcomes all and acts as a place for community gatherings. To encourage, support, inspire, and be inspired.
There is some confusion with the city regarding taxes for our business and we are working with them to sort it all out. They are very wonderful to work with and we are doing everything we can to get our beloved shop reopened as soon as possible.
We are asking each of our friends in this difficult time to dig deep and make a donation of any amount or the equivalent to your weekly visits coffee consumption or more if you are able too.
Tougo Coffee Co appreciate all the kind words from our community and it’s really heartfelt. This is very, very humbling to me on a number of levels as the past year has been one of trying for sure. Some of you know exactly what I mean :-) but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I am confident that we can all enjoy our beloved Tougo Coffee Co. in the next couple of days with all the kind words, support and encouragement.
If you want to make a donation we have a paypal account that we will make the link available later today.
We Will provide French Press Coffee for the get together.
10:30 am at 1406 18th Ave… Music provided by the Aaron English project. We hope to see you in the morning.
Tougo Coffee Co has been closed temporarily due to Confusion with the City. We are going to work with the City to… http://fb.me/RYP2fIr7
We are unable to view the Facebook message the Tweet links to. The signs in the pictures on this post were found on Tougo’s window and door Wednesday afternoon.
Wells has operated Tougo on 18th Ave since spring 2007. He also opened a second South Lake Union location at 8th and Westlake at the tail end of 2008. In September 2010, the Seattle Times reported that Wells had put the Westlake location up for sale for $40,000. On a recent CDNews visit, we found Wells still behind the bar at the second Tougo.
Wells has been an important part of the Central District — and Central District News — community, even posting to the site on occasion. He also helped start Cortona Cafe but is no longer an owner as the shop goes non-profit, according to Will Little.
We’re asking Wells for clarification of the current situation and will also start checking with the city to find out what we can.