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Piccolo Trattoria Seeks Approval for Outdoor Dining & Later for Restaurant Expansion at Newtown Shopping Center

Piccolo Trattoria Seeks Approval for Outdoor Dining & Later for Restaurant Expansion at Newtown Shopping Center | Newtown News of Interest |

UPDATE: On August 10, 2022, the Newtown Supervisors approved the proposed patio plus the expansion. Read "#Newtown Supervisors Approve Piccolo Trattoria Expansion at the Newtown Shopping Center".


UPDATE: On April 7, 2022, the Newtown Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) approved Piccolo's application with the condition that it must remain "outdoor seating." In other words, the outdoor area cannot morph into de facto permanent seating. The trees (bradford pears) will be removed and replaced with other native trees. The renderings look good. ZHB members did not think that parking is an issue on that side of the lot.


Piccolo Trattoria will be seeking zoning relief in early April to expand its Italian sit down and takeout restaurant at the Newtown Shopping Center on West Road.


The restaurant is proposing to expand into the former Dogs and Cats Rule space next door and to construct a 2,212 square foot covered outdoor dining area with 112 seats at the far western end of the shopping center.


In order to remain viable in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, owner Fahmi Elabed said restaurants require an outdoor seating component/option for its customers. In order to do that, he said Piccolo Trattoria will need variance relief for impervious coverage and parking.


NOTE:  Note: Piccolo Trattoria, along with 10 other local restaurants, received $40,000 in #COVID19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program Relief Funds;


According to Piccolo’s zoning application, a variance is required to permit 59.87 percent impervious coverage ratio, which represents a .22 percent increase over what is presently permitted.


A variance is also required to permit Piccolo Trattoria to continue to maintain 953 parking spaces, of which 169 would remain “held in reserve.” The patio addition would require the construction of an additional 15 parking spaces.


At its March 23 meeting, the board of supervisors voted not to oppose zoning relief for Piccolo. The planned expansion and outdoor dining area will also require conditional use approval by the board of supervisors.


A conditional use hearing has not yet been scheduled by the township, however parking is expected to be an issue during those discussions.


“They are going to expand their restaurant so there will be additional seating. And with the outdoor seating area there could be 200 additional people,” said Supervisor John Mack. “That’s a lot of additional parking.”


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