Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS - Fire broke out at the iconic F&M Patio Bar on Tchoupitoulas St. early Saturday morning, during what would likely have been one of its busiest times of the year for business.
The New Orleans Fire Department said the one-alarm fire was under control just before 3 a.m. It broke out about 30 minutes earlier.
Pictures and video sent in by eyewitness Jonathan Rowan showed flames coming out of the bar and a large crowd gathered outside of the bar, at Tchoupitoulas and Lyons.
There was no word on the extent of damage or of any injuries.
Known as the place for all-nighters in New Orleans, the bar is known for its vintage photo booth, its pool table, and authentic New Orleans "dive bar" atmosphere.
The bar, named for John "Fump" Flynn and Manny Guillot, first opened as a bar in 1905 and in the 1930s as a dance hall. It has attracted an eclectic all-night crowd as a bar and nightclub ever since.
It gained some of its fame in the 1950s and 60s when the owners rented out the hall as a spot for dances where music legends Irma Thomas and Deacon John performed.
- with reporting by Trevor Cassidy