Landmark Restaurant in Panama City Beach Heavily Damaged

When Montego bay general manager Tammy Howard's phone rang around 5:30 Sunday morning, she had no clue about what was going on.

"I called him back, and said i don't know what your talking about. what's going on. Burned, Montego burned and we don't have a job," said Tammy Howard Montego Bay general manager.

Howard wasn't even in-town when the fire broke out at the Thomas drive location around 2 in the morning.

Investigators believe an electrical short in the attic is to blame.
Owner Roy Centanni says he's still not sure what really happened.

"But as far as what happened i can't tell you. I wasn't there," said Roy Centanni Montego bay owner.

It took firefighters about 4-hours to put out the flames.fortunately no one was hurt.

Montego bay has been popular with locals and tourist for the last 30-years. Centanni says this fire won't shut him down.

"We're going to go ahead and rebuild. try to get it up around April," said Centanni.

That can't come soon enough for about 10-Montego bay employees, who are now out of work.

"No other group of people like them. we knew each others likes and dislikes," said Howard. "We ate together. everyone has each others phone numbers. We're always texting and Facebooking, it's like brothers and sisters, like a big family."

Now all they can do is waiting and hope is for the best.

Centanni's other Montego bay location in the Egdewater Beach Plaza on Front Beach road will remain open, as will his other restaurants, Roy's hot dog at Edgewater, and the saltwater grill on middle beach road.

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