|The sign that started the trouble. | Courtesy Darin Smith|
Update, July 2: Restaurant owner Darin Smith tells Gut Check he's come to a decision regarding the name "Bengoni's." Scroll through to the bottom of the post to find out what it was.
From 1982 until the early 2000s, Bengoni's Restaurant was the place to go in Overland. Teenagers took their prom dates there, families gathered to celebrate communions and commencements -- it was an institution.
"The salads were superb, their pizzas were great. They just had really good Italian food," recalls Overland city councilman Jay Fetsch. "We all, over the years, enjoyed it."
Then in 2006 Bengoni's abruptly closed its doors without much explanation. Fetsch says he still sees people walk up and shake the door handles of the locked and empty restaurant all the time.
Earlier this month a sign appeared outside of 2239 Woodson Road, just down the street from the old location, proclaiming the return of the "New Old Bengoni's." While this was great news to some who missed their favorite Italian eatery, it caused others -- including the former owner of Bengoni's -- some serious distress.
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