A popular Brighton pizzeria has had to close its doors for the foreseeable future after a fire broke out in its ground floor kitchen.
More than 40 firefighters attended the scene at Pinocchio in the city centre, with diners being forced to evacuate as the blaze took hold.
The fire damaged kitchen equipment and caused severe damage to the restaurant, the owners said.
Although the fire originated in the kitchen, it is not yet known what sparked it.
Sue Addia, who owns the restaurant, told the The Argus newspaper earlier this week that her efforts had now turned to getting the venue up and running again.
“Obviously our main focus now is to get the restaurant open again as soon as possible,” she said. “It is still too early to establish exactly how much damage has been done but we will have a better idea later in the week.”
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said five fire engines were sent out to tackle the fire, which took more than two hours to get under control.
Pinocchio claims to be Brighton’s oldest Italian restaurant. On its website the owners — who also run a restaurant called ‘Donatello’ in the city — said the blaze had been a “shock” to the whole family as it was their original restaurant, but they pledged to “rebuild and re-open”.