NOVEMBER 20, 2019
A regular meeting of the Village of Lakewood Planning Board was held Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00 PM, in the Board Room of the Anthony C. Caprino Municipal Building, 20 West Summit Street, with Chairman Martin Idzik presiding. Board members present were Richard Rose, John Jablonski, III, John Shedd and Jeffrey Slater. Also present were Village Clerk/Secretary Joseph M. Johnson and Building Inspector Jeffrey A. Swanson.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion by John Shedd, seconded by Richard Rose, to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting of the Planning Board held October 16, 2019.
Adopted: 5 ayes, no nays (Idzik, Rose, Jablonski, Shedd, Slater)
SPECIAL USE PERMIT APPLICATION
60 CHAUTAUQUA AVE.
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce E. Stanton, 19 Webster Street, have submitted an application for a Special Use Permit regarding their proposal to re-open the former restaurant/bar at 60 Chautauqua Ave., (Craft Burgers & Brews), as a fine dining restaurant/bar. In accordance with Section #25-13 (C) #2, [Retail Business (B-1) District], of the Village of Lakewood Zoning Law, the establishment of a bar, tavern or liquor store in a B-1 Zoning District shall require a Special Use Permit.
Chairman Idzik asked Building Inspector Swanson if he would like to make any comments prior to having Mr. Stanton explain his plans for the new restaurant/bar.
Building Inspector Swanson said it is great to see that a new restaurant will possibly be utilizing the building and that it won’t sit vacant, unlike the former convenience store location across the street.
Chairman Idzik then asked Mr. Stanton to briefly explain his plans and ideas for a new restaurant/bar at 60 Chautauqua Ave.
Mr. Stanton said he and his wife were very familiar with the building and former restaurants at that location having been residents of the Village of Lakewood for almost fourteen years now. He said they frequented the restaurant when it was known as the Scallion Bistro. He said when the property went up for sale, friends of ours contacted us and suggested it might be a good fit.
Mr. Stanton said he has been associated with the food and hospitality business most of his life and after talking with the former owner, a deal was struck. He went on to say that the type of food and atmosphere will be much like the Scallion Bistro was. A casual fine dining restaurant, with an American contemporary cuisine, which compliments the area well as a place to go for dinner and/or drinks.
Mr. Stanton said the Village of Lakewood is a wonderful community, which has a great vibe and it will be a good fit for where we are in our lives. He added the building and its interior is clean and in good condition. It is very “turn-key”. He said they are looking forward to getting involved and becoming part of the business community along Chautauqua Ave. Mr. Stanton said he is confident the restaurant will provide locals and tourists alike with a great meal as well as a great time.
Chairman Idzik asked Mr. Stanton if there is a timeframe for when he expects to open.
Mr. Stanton said right now they are working on applying for their liquor license and if things go as planned he is hopeful to have a “soft” opening toward the end of January, and be geared-up and ready to go by February 1st.
Board member Richard Rose asked Mr. Stanton if he is buying the property and if he has settled on a name for the restaurant yet.
Mr. Stanton said they are purchasing the property and the restaurant will be named Stella.
Mr. Rose then asked Mr. Stanton if he plans on having any amplified music on the outside deck, as the previous proprietor had. Because, doing so at times created a nuisance for some near-by residents.
Mr. Stanton said he isn’t planning on having an on-going music schedule at the restaurant, however he wouldn’t rule out occasionally having piano or acoustic guitar music in the background. Music is part of the experience of what happens at Group Ther-Happy, and although the dining experience at Stella will be totally different, we hope it compliments what goes on there. Mr. Stanton did say the outside deck, which was very well done, will be an integral part of our seasonal business however.
Board member John Shedd indicated that within the municipal zoning referral response received from the Chautauqua County Division of Planning & Community Development, it was suggested that a dumpster enclosure, as required in Section #25-58 of the local zoning law, be considered as a possible condition for a special use permit approval. He then asked if Mr. Stanton if he would consider an enclosure for the on-site dumpster.
Mr. Stanton noted he plans on enclosing the dumpster and used grease vat the first opportunity he gets.
Motion by John Shedd, seconded by Richard Rose, that it is the recommendation of the Planning Board for the Board of Trustees to approve/grant the application for a special use permit (bar), as submitted by Mr. & Mrs. Bruce E. Stanton, 19 Webster Street, whereby they will be allowed to establish a restaurant/bar at 60 Chautauqua Ave., with the condition that the applicant provides an adequate enclosure around the on-site dumpster and used grease vat.
Adopted: 5 ayes, no nays (Idzik, Jablonski, Rose, Shedd, Slater)
Meeting adjourned: 7:17 PM
Joseph M. Johnson