Mother Fool’s damaged in car crash

A car went through the Willy Street coffee shop and venue’s front door on Sunday morning.

A car went through the Willy Street coffee shop and venue’s front door on Sunday morning.


Photo from Mother Fool's GoFundMe page.

Mother Fool’s, a Willy Street staple and music and art venue for more than 20 years, sustained heavy damage on Sunday morning when a car crashed into the building at 1101 Williamson St. A Madison Police Department incident report said the crash happened at about 2:46 a.m. NBC15 reports that it began with a two-car crash, and that three people were taken from one of the cars with non-life-threatening injuries.

A photo from a GoFundMe campaign Mother Fool’s set up shows an SUV fully inside the shop’s front entrance, wiping out the door and a handmade mosaic that surrounded it.

The GoFundMe, intended to help the business cover costs until it can get insurance payments and re-open, quickly raised more than $2,000 before noon on Sunday. It’s not clear how much damage the crash caused financially, or how long it will take Mother Fool’s to get back in business.

Another fundraising campaign, for the victims of the car crash itself, went up on Tuesday. This campaign’s description said the car that crashed into Mother Fool’s did so after being struck by a drunk driver. It said the at-fault driver did not have insurance, and that the people in the car that went into Mother Fool’s are dealing with “broken bones, surgeries, long hospital stays, extended stays in a rehab facility and much more.”

Mother Fool’s opened in 1994. Current owners Stephanie Rearick and Jon Hain bought the business in 1995.

We’ll update this story as we get more information.

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