Despite unrest, new owners of Ferguson business plan to remain open

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by Diana Zoga / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 25 at 6:16 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The owners of the Ferguson Burger Bar told News 4 they plan to remain open even though surrounding businesses were looted.

Charles Davis officially bought the restaurant August 8, one day before Michael Brown, Jr. was shot. The establishment is located in a strip mall that has been the backdrop of protests and looting. Despite the nearby unrest, the Ferguson Burger Bar was not damaged.

“I’m here regardless,” Davis said. “If you break my windows, I’m going to board them up. If you steal my food, I’ll buy more, and I’m going to keep serving food. I’m going to keep cooking.”

Davis and his wife are Ferguson residents. They have hired four people to work at the restaurant, and he says he is not worried about his business, or others close by.

“The business in Ferguson is going to be okay because we have what the community needs,” Davis said. “We offer services that everyone in the community needs. So are they going to continue to travel two or three miles to get the same service they can go around the corner to get? No.”

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