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BREAKING: UMN Bus runs into Acadia restaurant in Cedar-Riverside

No one was hurt in the incident and Acadia Cafe has established a GoFundMe page to compensate workers during its indefinite closure.
Photo of the University bus after it drove into Acadia Cafe located on located on the corner of Cedar Avenue and Riverside Avenue. Photo courtesy of KFAI A.M. Drive.

Just after noon on Tuesday, a University of Minnesota bus ran into Acadia Cafe in Cedar-Riverside, creating a hole in the front of the establishment.

No one was hurt in the incident according to Jake Ricker, the University of Minnesota director of public relations. Acadia is a music venue and craft beer bar located on the corner of Cedar Avenue and Riverside Avenue. 

“There were no customers at the time, I don’t think, and all of the staff was in the back of house at the time,” said Katie Essler, Acadia general manager. 

The bus contained the driver and one passenger, according to a Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD) press release. The owner of Acadia is out of town on a business trip. 

“It hit our front register, so if the bartender had been up at that register, people would have died,” Essler said.

According to Acadia’s social media, the business will close indefinitely following the crash. The business created a GoFundMe page so that Acadia employees can be compensated during the closure. Over $2,800 was raised in the first two hours of the fundraiser. 

Given the angle of the bus, it’s unclear how the bus ran into the restaurant. The bus was removed from the cafe around 2:30 p.m. Investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, Ricker said.

The damage of the building is unknown at the current moment, although there could be structural damage, according to the MFD press release. 

“It’s gonna be a lot of paperwork, it’s gonna be a lot of calling and canceling shows and getting staff paid, but we’ll be okay,” Essler said.

This is a breaking news report. More information may be added as it becomes available. 

Correction: A previous version of this photo caption misstated the spelling of Acadia Cafe. 

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  • Bob Mecum
    Mar 16, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Did anyone ask the bus driver what happened?!