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Schnitzel & Co. moving to larger Transit Road building

Vito e Vino, the Transit Road outpost of the Rizzo restaurant group, is being turned into a bigger version of Schnitzel & Co., its German-Swiss concept.

The Italian era at the restaurant, 9210 Transit Road, East Amherst, ended with the close of business Jan. 8. Spaghetti gets swapped out for sausage, schnitzel and potato pancakes next week, as it opens Feb. 8 for dinner.

"Schnitzel has just been crazy, and we have the patio there, we have more parking, we have a banquet room," said owner Michael Rizzo. "Just a lot more opportunity for that place."

The current Schnitzel site, 15 New Road, Amherst, is about two miles away. It will become a different restaurant. What sort hasn't been determined yet, Rizzo said, but the new flavor should be in place before summer.

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Vito E Vino in East Amherst will become Schnitzel & Co. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Seating capacity will more than double, with about 50 seats in the old Schnitzel and up to 140 in the Transit Road location. The bar area is larger, and there's also a banquet room. Outside, the parking lot will hold 80 vehicles, up from about 14.

The menu will be larger, too, Rizzo said: "We're expanding it to include more European fare, more Swiss-German dishes, and more American fare." Frikadellen, German meat patties, and stuffed cabbage are on the way. The oven formerly dedicated to pizzas will be putting out fresh-baked pretzels and flatbreads. The restaurant's lineup of German beer will continue as well, and its monthly "Brew Crew" events featuring local breweries will be expanded.

Lunch will start a week or two later, Rizzo said. Also coming soon: a European weekend prix fixe brunch featuring German pancakes, crepes, and housemade kuchen pastries.

"This is a lot of stuff from my mom's side of the family," he said. "This is stuff we grew up on."

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