Restoration work continues at Sweet Grass Eatery located on Main Street in Wessington Springs, after frigid temperatures last month caused a water line to burst, forcing a temporary closure. 

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

On Sunday, January 19, 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, drenching the main dining area, coffee serving area, as well as the kitchen.

Water damage restoration company, Intek, of Sioux Falls has been on property since the incident, alongside Larson, her staff, volunteers and a crew of local contractors.

The restaurant has been closed in order to refinish the floor, replace kitchen and coffee bar equipment, sheet rock, cabinetry and counter tops with hopes of reopening later in February.

With her new, specialty espresso machine from Italy having cleared customs and set to arrive next week, Larson is optimistic about reopening soon.   

“I hope to reopen by Valentine’s Day, but we have to see how much and how quickly we can get done,” Larson said.  “When we do reopen, I look forward to seeing you and serving you again.”