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Village of Lewiston: Restaurant additions approved

by jmaloni
Tue, Feb 21st 2012 11:30 pm
Shown is a sketch of Brio Pizzeria & Restaurant's proposed addition at 440 Center St. (Image courtesy of Giusiana Architects & Engineer.)
Shown is a sketch of Brio Pizzeria & Restaurant's proposed addition at 440 Center St. (Image courtesy of Giusiana Architects & Engineer.)

New, two-floor outdoor patios expected at The Brickyard, Brio; wine bar approved

by Joshua Maloni

The Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees approved development plans for The Brickyard Pub & B.B.Q. and Brio Pizzeria & Restaurant at Tuesday's monthly meeting. The owners of both eateries intend to add a second-floor patio to their respective businesses.

Brickyard owners Ken Bryan and Eric Matthews plan to put a 450-foot second level onto their existing outdoor patio at 432 Center St. Brio owner Mike Wylke seeks to rebuild the fire-damaged second level of his building at 440 Center St., and convert it into a 24-by-26-foot patio above his current outdoor seating area.

Trustees praised The Brickyard team for utilizing parking spaces behind the building on Ridge Street.

"This is great," Mayor Terry Collesano said. "We thank you for doing it."

Deputy Mayor Bruce Sutherland expressed his concern that Brio, on the other hand, had not added parking spaces in keeping with its growth.

"It sure would be nice (if you found some additional parking spaces)," Sutherland told Wylke. "That's going to take other spots away from other restaurants."

Trustee Therese Mudd said Brio's addition is "going to impact all the businesses, so (additional parking spaces) would be helpful to everyone."

The Village Board approved an outdoor shelter (in lieu of a gazebo) for Emery Simon's proposed wine bar at 755 Center St., while approving Jack Lyon and Kelly Wiepert's development plan to rebuild 700 Center St., and transform the corner unit into a wine bar and tasting area (dubbed "Taste!).

"We've got two wine bars going in the town," Collesano said. "That's great."

In other board news:

Artpark volunteers, fire dept. collections OK'd

The Village Board approved a facility contract for Community Missions, Heart, Love and Soul and the Ransomville Methodist Church to collect donations outside of Artpark's two entrances prior to the summer "Tuesday in the Park" concert series. Trustees granted the same permission to Lewiston Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, which will hold its annual "Boot Drive" on the corner of Center Street and Portage Road every other Tuesday night.

Wine & Culinary Festival

Trustees approved a facility contract for the Niagara Wine Trail to use Academy Park on Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, from noon until 6 p.m. for the Wine & Culinary Festival. The fourth annual event was previously held at Artpark, and averaged about 900 attendees in 2010 and 2011.

•Brio photo courtesy and copyright of Giusiana Architects & Engineer.

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