A Middleton coffee shop that violated the state’s mask order will be closing, but not because of the health department.

A post on the Helbachs Coffee Instagram page says their landlord is ending their lease at the end of the month. The owners claim that the reason for the non-renewal is the “negative public statements, and continued vindictive and hostile behavior towards Helbachs Coffee taken by Public Health Madison & Dane County.”

The coffee shop has been the site of a number of protests, and has previously failed health inspections for violating the mask order, prompting a hearing to revoke the shop’s restaurant license.

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