COLUMBIA — If you've walked down Hitt Street lately, you probably have noticed a lot of debris where Bambino's restaurant used to be.
Bambino's and International Cafe were at 209 and 203 Hitt St. before MU declined to extend their leases last November. The Curators of the University of Missouri are listed as the owners of the property.
The sign on the door of the old International Cafe now reads "University of Missouri Department of Studio Art Annex." Christian Basi, associate director at the MU News Bureau, said the building is a training facility for MU Fire and Rescue and will remain that way for now.
The Bambino's building, however, has been reduced to rubble.
"The original structure was in such bad shape," Basi said. "We faced a challenge in finding a good use for it."
*Under an agreement with MU, Trittenbach Development agreed to demolish the former restaurant building for free in order to use the site as a staging area for a nearby construction project.
Trittenbach Development has been developing the Brookside Downtown apartments that are immediately west and northwest of the former Bambino's site.
The company's use of the site is only temporary, and Basi said there are no firm plans for plans for the property.
"No longer-term decisions have been made yet," Basi said. "There have been discussions, but MU is looking at all options."