According to the South Walton Fire District, AJ's Oyster Bar in Destin caught fire Tuesday night.
According to the ABC affiliate in Pensacola, WEAR, the fire broke out around 7 p.m. AJ's was packed with Mardi Gras celebrations when the flames ignited. Highway 98 was shut down in both directions, but the roadway is now open.
The restaurant operator, Alan Laird, told WEAR all of the customers and staff were able to get out okay. He added the thatch roof caught fire, spreading through the restaurant. Laird does expect to reopen Wednesday.
News 13 will bring you more information as it becomes available.
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