A popular bar in Columbia was the victim of arson, investigators say.
Columbia Fire Department officials say they are seeking a person of interest who was seen on security video in a parking lot near the Salty Nut Cafe shortly before the restaurant caught fire early Friday morning.
The fire department released an image of the man in hopes that the public might identify him. The fire started around 4:30am Friday and gutted the restaurant’s interior. Investigators estimate the damage was around $300,000.
The Salty Nut is a popular bar in the Five Points area near the University of South Carolina campus. Its ownership pitched the restaurant’s outdoor deck as one of the biggest in the city.