Brew Urban Cafe in Himmarshee Shutters Its Doors Today
But it is the Himmarshee location that is arguably the most charming, with its tucked-away location situated along railroad tracks. Its atmosphere beckons and invites you to stay. The interior walls are painted with a pumpkin-orange mural, and the plank floors throughout
Say goodbye to this wall art at Brew Himmarshee.
accented by mixed-wood fixtures and a shiny Italian-crafted Marzocco machine offer an escape from typical South Florida living.
The downtown Brew served selected wine and craft brew before the average drinker knew what an IPA was. Art and music nights transformed the space into an electric destination for creative folks. The staff was close, a crew that treated one another like family.
Lucas Hollar, one of the shop's baristas with the longest tenure, began working at Two Street in 2002 and left Brew in 2009 so he could finish his PhD. Hollar heard about the fateful news yesterday.
"It's a shame downtown Fort Lauderdale isn't going to have a coffee shop," he says. "One thing that resonates with a lot of us is how special the place was to so many people."
In 2004, Hollar met his future wife when he made her a cinnamon-infused latte called an Electric Shock. "Jen walked into the shop one day, and we got married in 2009," he says. "It wasn't unusual as a barista to hear people say, 'I met my girlfriend here. I met my wife here.'"
As today is the last for this little shop graced with a bit of magic, fans and former and current employees are expected to gather there for a farewell around 6 p.m., and the shop will officially shutter at 8 p.m.
Love for coffee connected Lucas and Jen Hollar.
"I was always a closer, so it's nostalgic for me to work a closing shift," says Hollar. "I would be thrilled to help the barista close the shop, but unfortunately, I'm in Atlanta and can't be there."
Jonathan Gundlach has launched a Facebook page for fans to share old photos and post their memories of the "best, little coffee shop in Fort Lauderdale."
Looking forward, current owner Denison affirms that big plans are underway. "We're committed to being a part of Fort Lauderdale's coffee culture. We're exploring a partnership with one of downtown's most creative forces and hope to have something really exciting to share soon," he says. No baristas are expected to be laid off due to the closing, according to Denison.
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