Mass. man wins Hemingway look-alike contest

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Richard Costello poses in his restaurant in Chatham, Mass., Monday, July 2, 2012, after learning he had won a Facebook-based Virtual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. Costello is to travel to Key West to participate in the live 2012 contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar, during Key West's (Ernest) Hemingway Days festival, set for July 17-22. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Amy Tagliaferri)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Massachusetts restaurateur has won a Facebook Inc.-based competition seeking the man who most looks like Ernest Hemingway.

Richard Costello of Chatham bested 86 other entrants in the Virtual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest staged on the Florida Keys tourism council's Facebook page.

He wins a trip to Key West to compete in a preliminary round of a live "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. The competition is to be staged at Sloppy Joe's Bar during the island's July 17-22 Hemingway Days festival.

Last week, Facebook users voted for their top choices. Previous Hemingway Look-Alike winners chose 71-year-old Costello from 10 finalists.

Costello decided to let his beard grow out in January and says he often receives comments about his resemblance to the late author.