Santa Monica: Late last night, a two-alarm fire broke out at Santino's Tapas and Grill in Santa Monica. The good news is that no one was hurt in the blaze, but the bad news is that the fire was a biggie—"flames were shooting out" of the building and everything. Details are still trickling in, but the news reports' word choice doesn't bode very well for a timely comeback for SM's one-stop destination for Spanish tapas, Italian pasta and Mexican food:
A non-injury fire gutted a Santa Monica bar and restaurant today, along with some apartments above the eatery, authorities said ... Fire crews quickly doused most of the fire, which gutted the business and several apartments above the restaurant.
At this point, the cause of the fire is undetermined, as is the damage tally, but if early reports are accurate, Santino's should be down for quite some time. More info as it comes in.