Burst water line forces temporary closure of Sweet Grass  

The heavenly aromas of freshly-baked donuts, crispy bacon and piping hot coffee were nowhere to be found Monday morning at Sweet Grass located on Main Street in Wessington Springs. 

Instead, the harsh, dank smell of standing water met the nostrils of anyone who ignored the large, hand-written “Closed due to water issues…sorry” sign taped to the front door. 

Late Sunday night, below freezing temperatures caused an upstairs water line to burst in the lovingly restored 100-year-old building that has housed the eatery/bakery/coffee shop since 2012.

“It was literally raining indoors,” said Heather Larson, Sweet Grass owner. 

Drenching the main dining area, coffee serving area as well as the kitchen, Monday morning Larson and her staff were working furiously to salvage wooden items from the restaurant while they waited for water damage restoration company, Intek, of Sioux Falls to arrive and assess the damage alongside an insurance adjuster. 

The restaurant is slated to be closed through January in order to refinish the floor, replace kitchen equipment, sheet rock, cabinetry and counter tops with hopes of reopening in February.

Currently fans and dehumidifiers are placed throughout the building to aid in drying water-damaged areas. Larson said that parts of the decorative, tin-tiled ceiling will need to be removed to extract the saturated insulation, eventually replacing the ceiling with new insulation after being thoroughly dried.  

“I want to thank all of the Sweet Grass patrons for their support,” Larson said.  “I look forward to seeing you and serving you again soon.”