Information is being sought from the public after a blaze ripped through a restaurant and function centre south of Newcastle overnight.
The fire took hold at Squids Ink on the Pacific Highway in Belmont South, shortly after 1am.
It took fire crews about an hour to bring the blaze under control, and the initial damage bill is estimated to be more than $2 million.
No one was injured during the fire
Police are appealing for anyone with information or images of the fire to contact them.