Slice, a Black-owned, New York-styled pizza establishment in Northeast Minneapolis, was the unfortunate victim of suspected arson to its weeks-old flagship location.
According to Slice’s social media posts on Facebook and Instagram, owners Adam Kado and Hosie Thurmond came in to open the shop the morning of Tuesday, October 19, and saw the flames coming from the Central Avenue side of the building (519 E. Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis).
The building suffered visible exterior and electrical panel damages, but Slice’s owners credit the fact the local fire department is in close proximity and quickly ensured no further damages were sustained.
Slice celebrated a grand opening in its fast-growing residential neighborhood with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, October 2.
The new delivery and takeout-only operation with a walk-up window offers supersized slices ($3.50-$4) or whole customizable pies in a building that formerly housed an insurance office.
Slice will be closed for the week while it assesses the damages caused by the fire, which is currently under investigation. After talking to contractors, the team has hopes of reopening soon.
Patrons and well wishers in the meantime are encouraged to donate to its GoFundMe page, which seeks to raise $25,000 to help get Slice back in working condition. As of Wednesday morning, Slice’s GoFundMe has raised over $5,000.
“We don’t really understand how something like this could happen. But we know we will emerge from this stronger and better than ever,” according to Slice’s Facebook post.