Several Minneapolis restaurants and businesses were looted and vandalized during this week’s protests over the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer.
Former firefighter Korboi Balla, the owner of the Scores Sports Bar, was one of those affected by the protests and says he lost his life saving when rioters destroyed his business.
This is the owner of a sports pub looted in Minneapolis. They even went back to try to steal his safe. He was crying so hard. He invested his life savings into it. He said didn't know what to do now. His name is KB Balla. #GeorgeFloydprotest #BlackLivesMater #Minneapolisprotest pic.twitter.com/6x3rDYcdue
— Red Sparrow (@RedSpar77145288) May 29, 2020
Via CBS News
“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Korboi Balla told CBS News on Thursday morning while holding back tears. “It hurts, man. It’s not fair, it’s not right. We’ve been working so hard for this place. It’s not just for me, it’s for my family.””
Looters were even seen trying to steal his safe while he was being interviewed by a local new station.
— kreeche (@FatherKee) May 29, 2020
According to Balla, his sports bar was set to open for the very first time this week but things changed after Floyd was killed by officer Derek Chauvin.
Scores Sports Bar was set for a grand opening this spring but when COVID-19 hit that was put on pause. Now, just as Scores was gearing up to welcome customers with updated guidelines from the govenor, George Floyd was murdered and everything changed overnight.
Balla has set up a GoFundMe asking for help to save his business after it was destroyed.
Help a looted black owned business reopen. The owner spent his life savings to open this sports bar. https://t.co/TbkbkFFtdp
— ENVI 🌎🔮✨ (@ENVIROUGE) May 29, 2020
“Scores Sports Bar was LOOTED, VANDALIZED and DESTROYED 5/27/2020. This black-owned business is left trying to pick up the pieces amidst mourning with the community. About the Bar Owners: Kb Balla & his wife Twyana are active members of their community. KB is a Firefighter on the Brooklyn Center Fire Department and Twyana was a member of the Sounds of Blackness. They have a 4 beautiful children and the toll of this entire situation is heavy. KB has been a community entrepreneur for decades and coaches and contributes to the community in which they live.
Balla’s Gofundme has already crushed its $100k goal and is currently sitting at $285k raised.