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Port Gamble coffee stand closed after being knocked off of its foundation
PORT GAMBLE — Gamble Bay Coffee was off kilter when owner Lynn Wayland showed up Jan. 24.
The Port Gamble coffee stand was leaning, partially knocked off its foundation. The family-run business has been closed since.
"We know it was a hit and run," Wayland said.
Because of the amount of damage, and location of the damage on the stand, Wayland suspects a semi-truck or other large vehicle hit it. She said the suspected hit and run happened not long before she arrived at the stand at 4:29 a.m., Jan. 24.
Wayland believes the driver of a vehicle used the space on Highway 104 near the coffee stand to turn around. She said a lot of people use that area to make U-turns.
The coffee stand is located near the shoulder off the eastbound lane (which turns to the southbound lane) of Highway 104, next to Mike's Four Star BBQ.
The damage done was internal and external. Equipment and numerous bottles of syrup were damaged or destroyed. The gutter on the side of the building facing the road was smashed, along with a portion of the roof. The coffee stand was leaning toward the road.
On Jan. 28, Wayland was waiting for a crane to arrive to reposition her business. She hopes to see the business up and running as soon as everything is cleaned up and safe.
"The sooner the better," she said. "For every day we're closed, it's more of a loss of business."
The coffee stand sees a lot of traffic as a stop for people driving to and from the Hood Canal Bridge, and to and from Kingston.