Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that police said that the fire at Lola on the Lake was arson. While arson is being investigated as a possible cause, Minneapolis PD did not explicitly confirm that it was. We have corrected our headline to reflect this.
Lightning was originally suspected as the possible cause of the fire that severely damaged Lola on the Lake at Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis last Thursday, but now arson is being considered as a suspected cause.
Minneapolis Police Department issued a call for the public's help Monday to identity two people "in connection to the fire early Thursday morning" at the popular lakeside cafe.
Police say the duo, pictured below, were at the pavilion between 3-3:30 a.m. when the fire started. The photo at the top of the story appears to show them igniting something next to the building.
"Anyone with information regarding the identity of these two individuals is asked to call the MPD Arson Investigation Tip Line at 612-673-3070," the release says. "Information leading to the identification of these individuals may qualify for a reward."
"We are simply devastated," the restaurant wrote on Facebook the morning of the fire, then a short time later added another post saying "thanks for the support. we will rebuild."
"The food wasn't that bad, there was no reason to burn us down," said owner Louis King on Tuesday, attempting to make light of the situation about an hour after learning arson was the cause.
Lola on the Lake opened on the lake's northeast corner in 2018, taking over from longtime tenant Tin Fish. It's an addition to the Lola's Cafe operation - a veteran-led, family-owned business with more than 35 years in the restaurant industry.