Popular restaurant proposes new location
Representatives from Ralphie’s Cafe Italiano recently met with the planning board for initial discussions about a planned 4,300-square-foot, 80-seat restaurant at 91 South Broadway. The current building on the property would be knocked down and replaced by the new building.
Ralphie’s Cafe currently shares space with a Cumberland Farms at 386 South Broadway, but needs to leave that property, according to project engineer Kurt Meisner.
The new location would have about twice as many seats as the current location, according to Meisner.
Under the town zoning ordinance, the restaurant would require 42 parking spaces. The initial plan has 35.
A petition signed by 18 residents of the area stated that they did not support the restaurant plan as proposed, citing the drainage issues as well as potential for increased traffic and noise.
Michael Lyons, the selectmen’s representative to the planning board, said he believed most of the issues concerning the project could be addressed.
Town Planning Director Ross Moldoff said the planning department will be working with the applicant to get the plan into shape before it officially comes before the planning board.
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