ENCINITAS — After waiting more than 18 months, Gerry Sova, owner of Captain Keno’s Restaurant in Leucadia, watched on Wednesday afternoon as workers installed a newly-refurbished sign above his restaurant along North Coast Highway 101.
Last year, a developer purchased Keno’s and neighboring Portofino Beach Inn with plans transform the properties into a mixed-use space by 2025.
In the meantime, Sova, who has owned and operated Keno’s for more than 50 years, wanted customers to see the restored sign, which for months was leaning against a fence at the edge of the restaurant’s parking lot.
“We got 22 months left,” Sova said, noting the freshly painted sign will be featured inside the new restaurant and bar, “Keno’s at Moonlight Plaza.”
Sova, 82, bought the original property for $110,000 in 1970 with his Keno winnings in Las Vegas, hence the name. According to a previous story in The Coast News, one of several reasons Sova decided to sell Keno’s was due to the building’s constant maintenance and repair needs, including a new roof.