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Gaetano’s Batavia set to open Tuesday

Italian fusion restaurant opening in downtown Batavia

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 10:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 7:32 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Gaetano’s Batavia is set to open Tuesday in downtown Batavia.

The upscale, Italian fusion restaurant is set to open Tuesday at 15 E. Wilson St. in the former space of The Rhino Room. In January, aldermen approved a $25,000 tax increment financing district grant and a $75,000 60-month loan for owners Gaetano and Wendy DiBenedetto, who live in Batavia.

The couple sought the funds because they expected improvements and equipment installation at the space to exceed $220,000. The loan carries an annual interest rate of 2.75 percent.

The couple also owns a Gaetano’s restaurant in Forest Park. Gaetano’s has been rated as one of the best Italian restaurants in the Chicago area.

According to Gaetano’s website, executive chef Gaetano Di Benedetto is a native of the coastal town of Bagheria, located just outside of Palermo, Sicily. He is a teacher of culinary art in both Italian culinary colleges and colleges here in the United States.

The Rhino Room closed last year. It had opened in early 2012 in the building at the corner of Wilson Street and North River Street that previously housed Limestone Coffee & Tea.

In March 2013, Limestone reopened at its new location at 8 W. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia, in the former home of Lane Allen Architects.

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