ST. LOUIS – A restaurant on Washington Avenue that once had all the buzz has decided to close its doors just after three months in business.

Fried announced it closed its doors after it did not get licensing in St. Louis. The restaurant also said a string of violence impacted the store.

In June, there were two drive-by shootings near the restaurant. 

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The restaurant opened in April in the former spot of Red Oak Biscuits at 1330 Washington Avenue.

‘Thanks to all of our people who got Fried with us. Due to not getting licensing in STL (a story in STL politics), and a string of violence that has impacted our store we have decided to close Fried. We <3 you all, and cannot thank you enough for your support.’ Fried said on Facebook.

Many people were expressing their sadness of the closing on the Facebook post.

‘This is so sad. Stl needs to get it together. The concept was amazing and our food was so good. Sad for stl. Don’t give up fried! Come to Illinois!!!!!!’ Jessa Lynn said.

‘I’m so ticked off. Freakin ridiculous. So sorry that happen to you guys,’ Ericka Hollinshed said.

Owner Derek Schulze told 5 On Your Side in April he had high hopes for his business. He also said the restaurant had plans to infuse food with CBD oil.

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