Car crashes through facade and parklet of Lord Windsor coffee shop in Alamitos Beach

A car crashed into the facade and parklet of Lord Windsor coffee shop on the corner of Third Street and Cerritos Avenue Monday afternoon, breaking the front window and damaging the shop’s parklet, according to eyewitness accounts on social media.

The Long Beach Fire Department responded to a call of a car that crashed into a building at 3:30 p.m., according to a department spokesperson. The crash occurred just after the shop closed for the day. Two cars were involved, and one patient was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, according to authorities.

At the scene, firefighters also encountered a sheared fire hydrant, according to LBFD spokesman Capt. Jack Crabtree. Photos and videos posted on social media show a fountain of water raining onto the street in front of the coffee shop.

Photos of the crash scene posted on social media also show shattered windows, a knocked down street sign and outdoor furniture covered in glass shards, with a bent license plate perched atop an outdoor table.

 

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“It was like a movie, it happened so fast,” one commenter, Heidi Bravo, described the moment of the crash in a local Facebook food group. “His bumper fell off along with his license plate at the scene.”

Several eyewitness accounts on social media, including a post by the coffee shop’s official Instagram account, described a male driver crashing into the front of Lord Windsor.

Long Beach police did not immediately respond to a request for information on the incident.

“We’re going to be closed for a little bit,” the Instagram post by Lord Windsor Coffee read. “It was gnarly, it currently is gnarly.”

The shop recently celebrated its nine-year anniversary at the Alamitos Beach location.

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.
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