A popular restaurant has been forced to temporarily close after a fire broke out.
Fire crews were called to Davanti Italia, in Whitley Lodge, Whitley Bay, in the early hours of today (Wednesday).
In a statement on their Facebook page, restaurant owners said they aimed to resume as normal within the next few days.
They said: “Unfortunately Davanti Italia at Whitley Lodge is currently had to close.
“This is due to a fire causing some damage to our building in the early hours of this morning.
“However, this will be for a short period of time and will resume as normal within the next few days.
“During the mean time, to make bookings or enquiries, the restaurant line is currently down, please contact us via this Facebook Page.
“We will keep this page updated within the next few days as to when we are to re-open.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”