Bono's Italian Restaurant and Orange Stand, Fontana, California
Tribute by Jeffrey Sward
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Bono's Italian Restaurant and Orange Stand in Fontana, California are iconic mainstays of the original Route 66. Bono's Italian Restaurant was opened in 1936 to supplement Bono family farm revenue. Sadly, both the restaurant and orange stand were closed for a long period of time due to the passing of the original Bono generation. The restaurant appeared locked in time as many of the original plates, utensils, chairs and tables were still visible through the windows. It is as if the restaurant was closed normally one night and just never opened again.

The restaurant reopened on February 8, 2019 after being closed for many years. The current orange stand is a replacement after the original orange stand was demolished. Both the restaurant and orange stand are still extant on Foothill Boulevard, which is old Route 66 in Fontana.

Bono's Italian Restaurant and Orange Stand was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

There is a possibility that the next generation of Bonos will reopen the restaurant.


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