Little Caesars Pizza re-opens today in Ferguson

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FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) - A rebirth for one of the Ferguson businesses that was destroyed during the fires after the Michael Brown grand jury decision.

A ribbon was cut Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Little Caesars on North Florissant.

This was actually the second time that the Little Caesars there has had to rebuild after a tragedy.

The Little Caesars was one of many businesses either damaged or destroyed by the fires set in November of last year after a grand jury decided not to indict former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The Little Caesars building was destroyed in the fires.

Last year’s fire was not the only hardship that the owners and employees of the Little Caesars have gone through in recent years.

Back in 2011, the business was heavily damaged by the Good Friday tornado that ripped across the St. Louis region.

It was rebuilt after the tornado only to be destroyed again in the fires.

$500,000 in funding from St. Louis County helped to demolish the Little Caesars building and five others that were gutted by the fires.

Doyle Beck, owner of the pizzeria, said it has been a challenge to come back again but he was committed to returning to Ferguson.

“It’s been a long road and the same way with 2011 with the tornado. You just have to learn to pick up the pieces, move on and still get out here and do what I do,” said Beck.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles added, 'It brings a lot of hope back to the community, just the residents in general seeing the businesses that they loved and enjoyed come back into the community. Obviously it`s very important to business owners.'

Beck said the Little Caesars in Ferguson was the first of four that he owns in the St. Louis area and he wanted to return here even after the fire and the tornado.

An eleventh-hour mechanical issue came up overnight which delayed the opening today for a little while, but the issue was resolved.