October 18, 2002 01:00 PM

Tasty or tasteless, you decide: Vitello’s, the Studio City, Calif., restaurant at the center of the Robert Blake murder case, has announced plans to hold a “murder mystery party” next month, Reuters reports.

But the joint’s co-owner, Joseph Restivo, insists the party has nothing to do with the Blake case. The ex-“Baretta” star, 69, is accused of shooting his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, 44, to death on May 4, 2001, while she sat in the family car right after the two had an Italian dinner.

Blake had told police that he had returned to the restaurant to get a gun that he had left behind when he came back to his car to find his wife shot. The actor was said to be a regular at Vitello’s.

“Yes, there’s a murder mystery party taking place next month,” said Restivo. “We had them before this tragedy with Blake.”

The restaurateur went on to say that he didn’t really know what is supposed to go on at a murder mystery party, but stressed that the gathering would have nothing to do with Blake, who currently is being held without bail in a Los Angeles County jail, awaiting trial.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

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