Happy Chef restaurant has been destroyed by a fire that tore through the iconic eatery on Saturday night.

It’s reported the blaze broke out around 10pm, with firefighters rushing to the scene after receiving a number of phone calls. Approximately 30 people were evacuated from the King Street restaurant after the fire broke out in the kitchen area.

More than 60 firefighters fought the blaze with three sustaining injuries after an air conditioning unit fell through the roof. A restaurant worker also sustained burns to his arm.

The restaurant took to Facebook to confirm the incident, thanking firefighters for their hard work.

“We are devastated to say Happy Chef will be closed until further notice due to a fire that has burnt down our restaurant last night,” reads the post. “Thankfully, no one inside the restaurant was injured. We appreciate the kind messages and incredible support we have received today & over the last 30 years. We are truly grateful to have such amazing patrons. We would also like to thank the fire brigade and police for all their hard work yesterday.”

In spite of the extensive structural damage to the venue including partial wall collapse and extensive smoke damage, the owners plan to reopen in approximately three months.

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