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Bianco's reduced to rubble

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Lawton_A piece of Lawton history is now rubble. The wrecking ball took down the old Bianco's Restaurant Friday afternoon.

Not only was it a Lawton landmark, it was the longest-running pizza restaurant in the entire state of Oklahoma. It had been in business since 1952.

John Mercadante, the nephew of Rose Bianco, one of the longtime owners, said he was there when the walls went up 60 years ago, and stood by as they were brought down.
He said although he will miss his aunt the most, he'll always cherish seeing all the different people who came by to enjoy the food.

Mercadante said while the family knew it was coming to an end, to see it happen leaves them at a loss for words.

Bianco's served its last meal in August.  On October 29th, every menu, bib and pot were auctioned off.

Friday's demolition marks another step toward development of the city's 2nd Street renovation project. On Tuesday, the city broke ground on the new hotel and conference center.

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