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After 55 Years, Benton's Cafe Closes Its Doors


January 28, 2021

The Benton's Cafe sign was taken down on Dec. 28 and is now located at the Pottowatomie County Historical Museum. It was designed by original owner, the late Bob Benton, and hung at the restaurant since its opening in 1970. Photo provided

On Dec. 27 of last year, the doors closed at Benton's Cafe after 55 years in Shawnee. It was a family-owned restaurant where everyone who entered became family, according to former owner Nancy Wright.

It all started with Wright's father, the late Robert "Bob" Benton. According to his granddaughte...

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