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Six months after Java Monkey fire, Noodle is back in business

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Six months after Java Monkey fire, Noodle is back in business

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Noodle has finally reopened its doors six months after a fire at the nearby Java Monkey forced the business to temporarily close.

The Asian fusion restaurant, located at 205 E Ponce De Leon Ave., reopened its doors on April 24.  The restaurant is planning a “Grand Reopening” party at a date to be determined.

In a Facebook message, the company said, “Please be patient with us while we get back into the swing of things and train new servers. We’re excited to be back!”

Java Monkey is the only business that hasn’t reopened following the Nov 11 incident. In addition to damaging Noodle, the fire also damaged Tres Jolie, Noodle and Fresh to Order.

The man accused of starting the fire, Rickey Thomas, is still in the county jail, according to county records.

He was previously an employee of Java Monkey and had been fired several days before the incident.

His whereabouts were unknown for months, but he was booked into the county jail on April 1, jail records show.

The arrest warrant alleges Java Monkey had surveillance video showing Thomas at the back of the building. He had a stick that looked like a broom handle, the warrant says. The owner was able to identify him. Investigators discovered a broken back window. According to the warrant, after Thomas was fired he allegedly began making harassing phone calls and allegedly told several people he intended to burn the place down.

The coffee shop has been a Decatur staple for over 25 years.

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