Guy Higuet and his wife Ivy, who are visiting from Chicago, could see the flames from their ninth floor hotel room next door.
“It was a very shocking,” said Guy Higuet.
“Very shocking, especially since we’d had dinner here and it was like, ‘Oh my god, is that The Cheesecake Factory on fire?’” said Ivy Higuet.
The fire was extinguished about two hours later.
HFD said the fire caused moderate damage to the restaurant's duct system.
One-hundred and fifty guests at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel were evacuated because of the heavy smoke, which spread throughout the shopping center.
Retailers Forever 21, Bebe and Beijing Chinese Restaurant were the only businesses affected by the fire. They’re open for business on Friday with the only evidence of the fire is the lingering smell of smoke.
Forever 21 spent the morning airing out their store. They're still assessing any losses, if any, and said they'll bill the restaurant for any damages.
Restaurant goers were somewhat disappointed.