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Local Pizzeria Closed Due to Nearby Fire Set to Reopen Friday

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Investigators continue to ask for the public's help finding out who set fire to a local night club, Club Toxic, back on Nov. 2. That fire caused millions of dollars in damage, and the forced a nearby pizza restaurant to close.

However, that pizza place, New York Authentic Pizza, is ready to reopen at 11 a.m. Friday.

Club Toxic and Tejanoville were set on fire by an arsonist over two weeks ago. Since that time, the owner of Authentic New York Pizza, Alan Kruger, has had to close his business. He opened up the following day after the fire, but employees and customers complained of the strong smell of smoke.

So, the landlord stepped in and agreed to a thorough cleanup job. Now, the smell of smoke is hardly noticeable.

Kruger feels he is ready to open back up for business, and it's not a day too soon.

"Like I told the landlord, I said if I'm not back up in two weeks, I'm done," Kruger said. "I'm done, you know. You can only hold clientele so long. You know, they want the product and want to come in."

Kruger has a couple of specials going on Friday that he hopes will bring customers back. He is also happy to get back to work because he had a number of Christmas catering events and parties booked.

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