Adolfo’s in Springfield permanently closed days after federal raid

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Days after being subject to a federal raid, Adolfo’s in Springfield has closed its doors.

Springfield’s Director of Licensing Alesia Days told 22News Adolfo’s Ristorante surrendered both their liquor and entertainment licenses and will not be reopening for business.

The restaurant closed days after federal agents and State Police executed simultaneous raids at Adolpho’s and the Mardi Gras. Agents also raided Bruno’s home in Suffield, Connecticut, and the Longmeadow home of Mardi Gras Owner James Santaniello.

Bruno was supposed to answer to alleged violations of overcrowding at the restaurant and being uncooperative with police, but the hearing was canceled. Just last week, the FBI, IRS, and Massachusetts State Police detectives were seen going in and out of the Worthington Street restaurant as part of a federal investigation.

IRS spokeswoman Amy Hosney confirmed with 22News that agents from the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit conducted investigations at both Adolfo’s and a private residence in Suffield, Connecticut, on October 23 in connection with the investigation.

The state lists Victor C. Bruno as the resident agent and manager of the company that owned Adolfo’s. Bruno is the son of the late Springfield mob boss Al Bruno, whom the restaurant was named after.

Since Adolfo’s surrendered its licenses, a hearing scheduled with the city did not take place Monday.


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