Diner owner Frank Georgiou is proposing to add several small additions totaling 1,215 square feet to his existing building.
Anthony Monteleone, an attorney representing Georgiou, said his client wanted to change the identity of the eatery to be “a little more restaurant, a little less diner.”
At the June 26 planning board meeting, architect Russell Davidson said the eatery currently has 134 indoor seats, which would be reduced to 124 in the existing portion of the building after the renovation. The project would include a larger vestibule.
“We’re decreasing the density of the seating,” Davidson said.
Though planning board members generally support the plans, they have voiced concerns about inadequate parking. Under the new plan, 12 additional parking spaces in the lot behind the restaurant is proposed. Ownership has also received permission from a neighboring landlord to have access to three additional parking spaces across the street. The changes would the diner’s parking from 49 to 64 spaces.
Davidson said diner ownership is also working with Westchester County to move a bus stop located in front of the restaurant at 252 Main St. to provide a few extra on-street spaces. It’s an idea promoted by board member Doug Hertz at a previous meeting.
There has sometimes been insufficient parking on weekend mornings, which are the busiest hours for the diner, Davidson said.
The diner is also looking to include 18 outdoor seats on a seasonal basis.
To free up space for the addition, Georgiou is seeking to tear down the building that formerly housed Paul’s Power Mower.
The matter is scheduled return to the planning board on Aug. 28. At that time, the board is expected to declare itself lead agency for the environmental review of the project.