CREATED Aug. 28, 2013
NAPLES, Fla.- Investigators say the fire at a Golden Gate diner on Tuesday morning is an act of arson. A day later, the charred debris scattered outside Nana's Diner in Golden Gate still smells of smoke.
A cash reward is now being offered for anyone with information leading to an arrest . The diner on Collier Blvd. caught on fire around 4am Tuesday.
"What message do you have for the person responsible?" asked reporter Julie Salomone.
"I hope we find you. I hope we do," said owner of Nana's Diner Teonta Tems.
The diner's owner, Teonta Tems, checked out what's left of the business she poured her heart into.
"No words to describe it, there's really no words to describe it, everything you worked for. We are a 7 day a week family," said Tems.
No one was inside the restaurant at the time of the fire, but a woman escaped from an upstairs apartment next door.
"For somebody to take the time to destroy it for us. I don't know what they were thinking. They've taken our community."
Customers showed up on Wednesday to check out the leftovers of their favorite hangout spot.
"The waitresses, the owner, the food, you can't find a better place, no place like it," said Eliot Cardona, customer.
Tems says she is looking for a temporary spot to start another diner.
"My landlord said yesterday we're going to tear this building down and build a brand new one bigger, better and with more attitude," said Tems.
Tems says there is no other choice, but to rise from the ashes.
"You'll have a place to come back to, might be 6 months, might be a year, might be next week," added Tems.
Anyone with information is asked to called the FACAP hotline at 1-877-NOARSON.