Rumor has it that Bono’s Restaurant on East 2nd Street has been sold by its owner, Christy Bono, and bought by Nick Co. But we couldn't confirm it Monday.
“Word on the street around Belmont Shore is that Bono's…has been bought by the ownership of Nick's Laguna Beach,” the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported on August 4.
The owner, Christy Bono, is the daughter of the late entertainer and Congressman, Sonny Bono. Memorabilia including a trademark furry vest is on display at the restaurant's entrance. A manager at the restaurant said the restaurant has been around for about 8 years. She said Monday that she was not at liberty to discuss the rumored transaction.
The alleged new owner of the restaurant, Nick Co. could not confirm that it has bought Bono’s. The Nick Co. website, however, claims that a new Nick’s Restaurant is due to open in Belmont Shore, on 2nd Street—the same street that Bono’s is on—in Winter. Bono also owned Christy's on Broadway but it has been closed for months, and another rumor is that she will reopen that location.
I guess Belmont Shore will just have to wait and see.
Cynthia de la Torre is working this summer for Patch and has studied with the UC Irvine Literary Journalism program. She is a foodie who has reported on restaurants to redevelopment this season.