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The former Izzo's Restaurant, seen here at 254 Worthington St. last month, is scheduled to be reopened by Victor Bruno as Adolfo's.

SPRINGFIELD – The son of slain crime boss Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno is moving closer toward opening a restaurant named for his father.

The Planning Board this week recommended the License Commission approve a petition for a liquor license as Victor Bruno seeks to open Adolfo’s Restaurant on Worthington Street. The License Commission will consider the matter next week.

Bruno said following the board’s 6-0 vote Wednesday night at City Hall that he does not yet have a set date to open the upscale Italian restaurant, which would include a bar and patio dining.

I just want to make sure everything’s perfect,” Bruno said.

The elder Bruno was shot to death by a hitman in November 2003 as he was leaving a South End social club. Bruno was killed by admitted gunman Frankie A. Roche.

In 1996 Victor Bruno opened Caffeine’s at the same address, 254 Worthington St., where he wants to open Adolfo’s. Caffeine’s, which was also an upscale restaurant and bar, closed in 2003.

The 254 Worthington St. address was most recently the site of Izzo’s, a restaurant which opened and closed within a year.

The Adolfo Bruno murder case was moved from state court to federal court in New York City. Bruno’s onetime underling, Anthony J. Arillotta of Springfield, is accused of hatching the murder plot.

In addition to Arillotta, Fotios Geas, of West Springfield, and Arthur Nigro, alleged to be the former acting crime boss of the Genovese crime family, are charged with murdering Bruno.

Roche awaits sentencing for killing Bruno.