Bennigan's returns to Panama City Mall

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - After a long absence, the Bennigan's location in the Panama City Mall has reopened. Their grand opening consisted of two events, a standard ribbon cutting and a Monte Christo cutting.

Mayor Greg Brudnicki cut the ribbon before the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. Later the staff cut a Monte Christo sandwich for all the attendees to enjoy.

The Mayor and Commissioner Mike Nichols had the honors of having the first bite.

The opening comes as Bennigan's celebrates it's 40th anniversary.

They are also honoring a special group of people with discounts says company CEO Paul Mangiamele.

"For all military either active or retired 15 percent discount. Just bring your military ID with you. Police. I think they're under respected and I want to over respect them and provide them a 15 percent discount as well and of course our first responders, the same thing there. They're the people that are protecting our best interests and putting their lives on the line, all of them are. And I think that's the least we can do as a good community citizen here in Panama City."