Friendly Deep Ellum hangout Murray Street Coffee Shop found itself with its back against the wall late last week when its landlords requested that the shop either pay the back rent it owed or prepare to vacate. Owners Doug and Liz Davis were faced with the lofty task of coming up with $10,000 over the weekend, and thanks to loyal customers and support from the community, it was able to do just that: A couple of Murray Street regulars launched a Tilt crowdfunding campaign that brought in just over $10,000, and per a report from Robert Wilonsky on Eats Blog, the coffee shop had its busiest weekend ever and sold "lots of gift cards."
According to the crowdfunding campaign page, "the coffee shop should be in fine shape." Owners Doug and Liz Davis posted a heartfelt thanks that reads in part:
With our backs against the wall, a small group of regular (and incredible) customers launched a campaign to save the place. This Tilt campaign was devised and launched in an hour Friday morning. Local media (many of whom are regulars) got hold of the story and created awareness. And many loyal customers—and many we don't know—came in and purchased gift cards. As a result, we will make the landlords whole by the short deadline they provided to remedy the situation. And as I sit here taking all this in, I realize that for us, years ago this coffee shop became much more than "just business". It has been for us- and as it turns out for many others- something like a warm little fire to sit by for comfort. Thank you all for your help in keeping the fire burning. Please know that we will pay this forward.
Deep Ellum's laptop warriors can now rest peacefully knowing that their favorite spot to grab a latte and a breakfast sandwich should be safe.