Old Bambino's restaurant demolished

Thursday, December 8, 2011 | 6:00 p.m. CST; updated 9:38 a.m. CST, Friday, December 9, 2011

*A previous version of this article misstated how and when the property would be used by Trittenbach Development. The agreement with MU stipulated that the building would be demolished for free so that the development company could use the site as a staging area.

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."

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Andy Schuette December 9, 2011 | 7:39 a.m.

Parking garage so us townies can park on the streets when we need to go on campus for something!

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