Bono’s Restaurant and Deli is a historic restaurant located at 15395 Foothill Boulevard in Fontana,
The Big Orange, a 7-foot (2.1 m) tall orange-shaped citrus stand, is located on the property of the restaurant. The orange was originally located 3 miles (4.8 km) to the east; restaurant owner Joe Bono [cousin of the late Sonny Bono of Sonny and Cher] purchased the stand in the 1990s and moved it to its current site. While the restaurant had an orange-shaped stand of its own when it served Route 66 traffic, it was eventually demolished due to decreased money bolt demand. The Big Orange is one of six surviving orange-shaped buildings in California.
Bono’s is a member of the National Register of Historic Places.
The Mele family purchased the rights to the restaurant. Formally successful owners of Bella’s Italian Restaurant in Fontana.
The family, led by Pino Mele, decided to expand their operations and move to a larger space. After.