Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The general manager of the Salty Nut Cafe on Greene Street in Columbia said they plan to eventually re-open the Five Points restaurant, after a Friday morning fire damaged most of its interior.
Firefighters with the Columbia-Richland Fire Department put out the blaze after 4:30 a.m.
Authorities say heavy black smoke was seen leaving the restaurant when they arrived. Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said the last employee left the building at 2 a.m. and what happened between that time and 4:30 a.m. is not clear.
Officials shut down Greene Street while they fought the fire, but re-opened it later. Authorities say the popular restaurant suffered heavy damage because it did not have a sprinkler system. No injuries were reported, and authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.
Jenkins said the building's interior was "totally damaged," and he expects a damage estimate in the thousands.