RED BAR RUINS: Venue with Little Rock roots burns on Florida coast.


News reports say
a fire this morning destroyed the Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Fla., a popular restaurant and club on the Florida coast near Destin, familiar to the many Arkansans who vacation there in part because it was started by Arkansans.

The Red Bar was started in 1994 by Philippe and Oliver Petit, who were assisted by their father,  veteran Little Rock restaurateur Louis Petit. It’s something of a landmark in the area.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation.