Alas, it was actually on fire.
Here's the official news report:
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. -- Firefighters from at least four departments battled a blaze at a restaurant on the Hermosa Beach Pier on Tuesday morning.What a tragedy! What am i going to do for the summer?! AHHHHhhhhh! All is lost! all is lost...
The fire at Baja Sharkeez restaurant was reported at about 4:30 a.m. Firefighters from El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Torrance responded, according to NBC4's Robert Kovacik. Because of the intensity of the fire, firefighters were forced to work on it from outside the building.
Fire walls between Baja Sharkeez and surrounding restaurants kept the fire contained to just one structure. Most of the roof of Baja Sharkeez collapsed by the time the fire was contained a couple of hours after it started.
Fire officials said the fire may have been smoldering overnight, and arson investigators were at the scene to determine the cause.
No injuries were reported.
for reference, this is where we watched the excellent USC football games last summer, cheered UCLA's demise, and mourned the Longhorn's victory. This is also the bar that the booze cruise from last year started & ended at. Here's a picture of the crew before going out on the high seas.
And here's my blog entry from it.