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 are now closed due to the passing of the original Bono generation. Both the restaurant and orange stand are still extant on Foothill Boulevard, which is old Route 66 in Fontana. The restaurant appears locked in time as many of the original plates, utensils, chairs and tables are still visible through the windows. It is as if the restaurant was closed normally one night and just never opened again.

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

 

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