ORLANDO, Fla. – A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to Beefy King, an iconic Orlando restaurant that’s been open 51 years.
John Huff was arrested late Tuesday on charges of arson and criminal mischief.
Orlando police said the fire was started around 1 a.m. Tuesday in the back of the Bumby Avenue restaurant and surveillance video helped them determine the fire was intentionally set.
Investigators said they found Huff at the Drunken Monkey, this is next to the Beefy King.
Officers said photos from surveillance footage showed Huff at the incident.
ARSON ARREST: Orlando fire investigators say 36 y/o John Huff was arrested last night in connection to a fire at the iconic restaurant @beefy_king.— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) November 13, 2019
We are live from the Orange Co Jail starting at 5 a.m. with details on his arrest @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/ISqvdHMR8u
Although the fire did not cause extensive damage to Beefy King, the restaurant has been forced to close.
Co-owner Shannon Woodrow said the focus is getting the business back open within 48 hours.