Restaurant that opened during Ferguson unrest closes its doors

The Ferguson Burger Bar & More, a restaurant that was located near the heart of protests and riots that gripped Ferguson in 2014 and that opened one day before the shooting that set off that unrest, is closing its doors “until further notice.”

The closure was announced Sunday in a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Husband and wife Charles and Kizzie Davis opened the Ferguson Burger Bar & More on Aug. 8, 2014, one day before Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer in Ferguson. That set off turmoil in the St. Louis suburb, including looting and structural damage to businesses.

Charles Davis, the owner of Ferguson Burger Bar & More. |Yizhu Wang Missouri Business Alert
Charles Davis worked the counter of Ferguson Burger Bar & More in August 2015. The restaurant announced this week that it’s closing. |Yizhu Wang Missouri Business Alert

On the one-year anniversary of the riots in August 2015, Missouri Business Alert profiled the Davises’ business.

At that time, Charles Davis expressed worry about the neighborhood recovering after the troubles of the preceding year.

“My biggest concern is hoping people to come back to patronize Ferguson,” he said. “We have a good clientele, steady clientele — it’s getting better. But we need more. People are still afraid, so they’re not coming.”

Less than a year later, the Davises delivered news of their restaurant’s closure on Facebook.

“(It’s) been a wonderful experience under trial times here and there,” the post said. “A very unique experience that our family will cherish and never forget.”

The asking price for the restaurant is $500,000, according to a posting on Craiglist.

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