by Nancy Stiles
Last night the protests took a violent turn after the announcement that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted. While several businesses on West Florissant were literally burned to the ground, a number of restaurants in the thriving district on South Grand also had their windows smashed or were otherwise damaged. There were 21 window smashings on Grand alone, per the St. Louis Police Department's report.
Update, 11:42 a.m.: Hunan Chop Suey on West Florissant was also completely burned.
Qdoba, Saint Louis Bread Co., Rooster South Grand, King & I, Basil Thai Cuisine, Baida Moroccan Restaurant and Cafe Natasha all had their windows smashed; the International Market had broken windows and a fire.
We are now open for coffee, breakfast...and hugs.— Rooster South Grand (@RoosterSGrand) November 25, 2014
Thank you to our community for your overwhelming support today! We will be open for dinner tonight. Any change in hours will be posted here.— Rooster South Grand (@RoosterSGrand) November 25, 2014
A Little Caesars on West Florissant was completely burned down, and at least thirteen other Ferguson businesses were set on fire. A number of restaurants across the city and county had closed early last night ahead of the decision. Here's who is closed Tuesday, November 25 as of this morning:
Mad Tomato is closed today, Tuesday November 25. We pray for the safety and peace of the entire St. Louis... http://t.co/glX1Bj93Kn— Mad Tomato (@MadTomatoSTL) November 25, 2014
We are closed today (and on Thursday for Thanksgiving), but will reopen tomorrow and will have normal business hours the rest of the week.— DeathintheAfternoon (@DITAfternoon) November 25, 2014
To ensure the safety of our guests & staff we will delay opening today @ColleensCookies Keep you updated ..— Colleen's Cookies (@ColleensCookies) November 25, 2014
TGP Will be closed for business tomorrow November 25th. Stay safe everyone.— the good pie (@thegoodpiestl) November 25, 2014
Half & Half will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday November 25th. Stay safe St. Louis.— Half & Half (@halfandhalfstl) November 25, 2014
The Crossing will be closed again today (Tuesday, 11/25).— The Crossing (@TheCrossingSTL) November 25, 2014
We'll update as the day goes on.