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Bill Claudio at the bar at Claudio’s last year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO Bill Claudio at the bar.

Searching for a sure sign that summer is just around the corner? Claudio’s is reopening for the season with a big celebration this Friday.

This year’s annual kickoff party promises to be bursting with energy.

Celebrating 144 years in business, the evening will feature free appetizers and a performance from musician Norman Vincent. The restaurant will also be serving up $1.44 beer and wine specials during the event to commemorate the anniversary.

The annual party is on Friday, April 11 at 4 p.m. at Claudio’s, located at 111 Main Street in Greenport.