Burst water pipe closes Oak Bluffs Mocha Mott’s until spring

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It was all hands on deck Wednesday afternoon at Mocha Mott's, as a crew of people packed the store into a Barnes moving truck after a leak. – Photo by Sam Moore

A flood caused by a burst water pipe will keep the Mocha Mott’s Oak Bluffs store closed until at least May, co-owner Tim Dobel told The Times on Wednesday. “A ¾-inch pipe was running for somewhere between 15 and 20 hours,” he said.

The water pipe broke in the unit above the popular coffee shop, which was one of only a few victualers open on Circuit Avenue. Co-owner

Meredith Gallo, who was in Belize at the time, said last week’s extreme cold snap was the reason the pipe burst.

A newly installed floor had just been completed the day before the pipe burst. “I was probably handing the contractor a check right about when it happened,” Mr. Dobel said. Given that the store will need a top-to-bottom restoration, with new Sheetrock, new wiring, and yet another new floor, Mr. Dobel said a May reopening may be overly optimistic.

“The good news is people can still get a good cup of coffee at our Vineyard Haven store,” he said. “We’re open every day.”