Investigators are trying to determine what started a fire early Wednesday morning at Layla's of San Marco.
Jacksonville Fire-Rescue responded about 3 a.m. when firefighters returning to their station around the corner from the Hendricks Avenue Business smelled smoke in the area and tried to track down the source.
"When they came back by, there was smoke issuing from the front of the business," said District Chief Andrew White. "That was a good thing. They caught it early."
Firefighter had to cut through tall security doors to get inside, then shut down a gas line before the full crew could enter to fire the blaze.
No other surrounding buildings sustained damage in the fire.
Preliminary reports indicated the fire started in a cabinet underneath the bar area and was probably accidental.
The owner of Layla's arrived on the scene around 5 a.m. and was being briefed by JFRD.
Layla's of San Marco is known for its middle eastern cuisine and hookahs.