In a story by the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin about Joe Bono greeting Route 66 tourists at his long-closed Bono’s Italian restaurant in Fontana, Calif., was this little nugget:
Looking over architect’s drawings, Bono said the restaurant, whose front windows are just a few feet shy of the now-four-lane Foothill Boulevard, will be moved south back from the highway. This will accommodate widening of the street as well as the construction of a huge warehouse planned on the other side of Sultana.
He said he was confident that Bono’s restaurant would reopen in the near future, to accommodate Fontana’s next century and for future travelers seeking the romance and adventure of Route 66.
Bono has told travelers for years he would eventually reopen the restaurant. We’ll have to put this prediction into the “We’ll believe it when we see it” category.
Bono’s gets a lot of visitors because of its Bono’s Historic Orange — a 7-foot-high orange-shaped stand where thirsty travelers would buy glasses of fresh orange juice before the age of the interstate. Bono said the stand dates to 1936, and you could buy all the orange juice you could drink for 10 cents.
Kumar Patel at the nearby Wigwam Motel posted this interview with Bono from the same weekend: