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Our Soul is Our People

About Bonos Pit Bar-B-Q

Welcome to Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q!!! At Bono’s, it’s not just about serving great food, it’s about providing the most authentic traditional southern BBQ experience you’ve ever had. We have worked hard to ensure that every time you walk into one of our restaurants you are presented with a genuine down-home experience, where customer service, incredible food, and full stomachs are never taken for granted. That is why we cook all of our award-winning BBQ fresh everyday and finish it on a live pit, the way real BBQ is supposed to be cooked. We are committed to our team, customers, and community to offer a sense of pride at every level.

Bono’s has been serving Real Pit Barbecue since 1949. We invite you to come join us whether it is your first time ever or first time this week. And remember, if you don’t see a Pit, it ain’t Legit.


Harvey Green

Ask Harvey Green what the secret to good bar-b-q is and he’ll smile and say, “You’ve got to take your time, y’ know? Go slow and easy just like making love to a woman.”

He should know. Since 1956 Harvey has been the Cutter at the original Bono’s on Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville, Florida. Yep. That’s right. More than 50 years of chopping, slicing, cutting, cooking and chatting up folks lucky enough to find a seat at his counter. His regulars know him and he knows his regulars, how they want their meat cooked and what sauce they like.

Every Bono’s restaurant has its own version of Harvey Green, masterfully working the pit. But if you happen to be in Jacksonville, stop by and say hello to the Original. Then get ready to have some of the best darn southern bar-b-q this side of heaven.

Fund Raising

Settle down for real pit barbeque, and raise funds for your organization—all at the same time!

Looking for a fundraiser that’s a sure-fire hit for your organization? Heat up your efforts with a down-home fundraising night at Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q! It’s simple—just invite your friends and family to dine with us on a designated evening, and Bono’s will donate 15% of their bills that night back to your school, church or nonprofit organization.


A Bono’s franchise could be just what you’re looking for if you possess an entrepreneurial spirit. Bono’s is continually looking for quality, enthusiastic individuals to become area developers of the Bono’s tradition.

Being a Bono’s franchisee is a great opportunity but it does take a lot of work. Luckily for Bono’s franchisees, our corporate office has over 25 years of experience to pass along. If you are selected as a franchisee, Bono’s will help you along the way – from selecting a location to training your employees to marketing your new Bono’s. When you join the Bono’s family, you may be on your own, but you will not be alone.

If you would like to receive a Bono’s franchising packet, please call our corporate office at (904) 880-8310 or use our Contact page.

Our Team Makes Us Great

Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q celebrated  its 60th anniversary in 2009. Lou Bono fired up the pits in 1949 and the award-winning traditional Southern BBQ has kept people coming back for more ever since. As good as the food is, we know we are only as good as the fine people who represent Bono’s on a daily basis.

As Mr. Joe, Owner of Bono’s, would say, “We are not in the food business, we are in the hospitality business and hospitality is the foundation of our restaurant philosophy.” It’s about soul – and service without soul, no matter how great, is quickly forgotten by our guests.

The following Team Members have been with us for a minimum of 10 years. They represent the hospitality and the soul we strive for and we thank them for their dedication and commitment to excellence.


Joe Adeeb


Josh Martino


Craig Anderson

Owner, Merrill Rd. Location

Michelle Bennett

Owner, Neptune Beach Location

Scott Bennett

Owner, Neptune Beach Location

Ray Tubel

Owner, Bowden Rd Location

"King" Arthur Nelson

Anne Allen

Anthony "Easy" Hardy

Glenda Stevens

Harvey "The Mayor" Green

Heather Battisti

Helen "Miss Ruth" Brown

Jeannie Lary

Johnny Hassan

Kristen Parks

Maureen "The Scot" Mojica

Raymond Young

Reggie Campbell

Sabina Smith

Wendell Taylor

Amanda Hess

April Trowell

Blake Cunning

Chris Walker

Dawn Fitzell

Margie Harris

Tyler Ziparo

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