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Rigoletto's restaurant on Elmwood Avenue, a popular summer eating spot, will reopen May 22 after a five-month shutdown.

"I'm looking forward to it. We always have a lot of fun down here in summer," said Dan Vecere, who owns the restaurant along with his partner, Arthur Lansky LeVine.

The restaurant, which has operated at 716 Elmwood since 1987, was closed just before Christmas, leaving Vecere and LeVine to operate their Amherst Rigoletto's restaurant, which was opened in 1990 at Maple and Sweet Home roads, Vecere said.

"We had some inquiries from people interested in buying it, but then we decided to keep it and open on a seasonal basis," he said. "We'll be here through the summers and if business is good enough we will stay until December and close in January, February and March."

Vecere has hired a new chef, Larry Costantino, a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a long background in restaurants, he said.

The Elmwood location will feature a new menu, with some surprises, and will employ 75, he added. Many of the restaurant's former employers will return to work there, he added.

Vecere and other employees have been working in the restaurant, cleaning it and getting it ready to open.

"There isn't a lot to do. We are doing spring cleaning and getting the patio furniture out," he said.

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