LOCKPORT – The city Planning Board gave the go-ahead Monday to expansion plans at two restaurants.
Molinaro’s Pizzeria and Cafe will be purchasing a piece of a city-owned parking lot next to its location at Walnut and Pine streets to accommodate a 780-square-foot addition.
Timothy Arlington of Apex Contracting said the addition onto the west side of the restaurant will hold a new takeout and bakery area. The existing takeout area will be converted into additional restaurant seating, Arlington said.
Mayor Michael W. Tucker said the purchase price for the 70-by-120-foot section of the parking lot is to be negotiated.
In addition, Molinaro’s plans a new facade, a “Tuscany” look, according to Arlington.
“We’re getting rid of the ’70s look with the mansard [roof],” he said.
Meanwhile, Peter Calieri, owner of Davison Road Inn, received the green light for an expansion of the existing outdoor patio. A roof and an outdoor bar will be constructed, and the exterior stairs to the basement will be enclosed. Calieri, who also owns the Village Eatery down the street on Davison Road, said he’s investing $50,000 in the patio project.
He said outdoor music must stop at 10 p.m. by city law, but the outdoor bar can remain open until 1 a.m. during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends. But things shouldn’t get too rowdy.
“The bulk of our business is a 35-to-60 [-year-old] clientele,” Calieri said.
In other matters, the board approved the site plan for Windsor Village, a business incubator to be placed in a former flower shop at Prospect and Stevens streets.
Four boutique shops are envisioned, along with a reopening of owner Kathy O’Keefe’s Noah’s Ark toy store and play center, which was located in the Bewley Building on Market Street until it closed at the end of 2011.
The complex, last used three years ago by Wilhelm & Ashe Floristry, originally comprised three barns and a cinder-block building. “I want it to look historic and old, like a storybook,” O’Keefe told the board.
Davison Road Optical received the Planning Board’s approval to add four more parking spaces along its driveway, and City Director of Engineering and Public Works Norman D. Allen was allowed to subdivide the 10.49 acres he owns on Roby Street, creating a separate 150-by-100-foot lot for his house.