by Joshua Maloni
On the heels of a highly successful Mother's Day weekend, The Silo Restaurant management hopes to expand the eatery's storage space.
"Food sales were astronomical on Mother's Day," said Silo owner Richard Hastings at Monday's Village of Lewiston Planning Board meeting. As such, his son, restaurant manager Alan Hastings, "pulled me out of retirement," the elder Hastings said.
The engineer created and submitted plans for a 16.6-by-27-foot unit to accommodate more food and restaurant supplies. It would be placed below the restaurant's deck and accessible to workers via a brick walkway from the train car. The storage room's exterior trim and windows would resemble The Silo's ice cream stand caboose.
"The Silo Restaurant can't make it through a four-day weekend with the capacity we have," Hastings said, noting he had to visit Tops Market on Sunday night to purchase additional foodstuffs.
"I think it looks pretty cool," Planning Board Chairman David Giusiana said. His colleagues agreed and approved the development plan.
Hastings will need final approval from the Village Board. Trustees meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the Red Brick Municipal Building.