A fire heavily damaged El Paisano restaurant on Albemarle Road in east Charlotte early Thursday.
Firefighters were called to the Mexican restaurant about 3:45 a.m.
It took at least 50 firefighters about 30 minutes to control the blaze, Capt. Dennis Gist of the Charlotte Fire Department said.
The fire closed Albemarle Road initially. All lanes have been reopened.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, Gist said.