Chicago Lake Liquors to reopen after May unrest

After being closed for nearly six months, the iconic Chicago Lake Liquors will reopen its doors on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Located on the corner of Chicago Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis, the business was hit during the civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd. Over the course of four nights in May and June, the store was repeatedly looted and vandalized, resulting in over $3 million in damages and theft.

The entire building had to be completely gutted and the interior was rebuilt from the ground up, according to a release.

Since its first opening in 1959, Chicago Lake Liquors has been a staple in the community.

"Chicago Lake Liquors has always been a leader in the community and we are committed to being a key partner in rebuilding this neighborhood," said John Wolf, owner of Chicago Lake Liquors.

As part of an ongoing effort to support the Chicago and Lake Street area, Chicago Lake Liquors is giving back to the community that they serve, starting with the food shelves. From Thursday to Sunday, the business said it will donate 10% of profits to local food shelves.