By Joshua Maloni
Michael Hibbard’s development plan, to transform the plaza at Center and North Fourth streets into a new, larger Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen, received approval at Monday’s Village of Lewiston Board meeting.
In addition to Gallo, the plaza will include Sgt. Peppers Hot Sauces and Brewed and Bottled. A corner art gallery also is possible. Hibbard said he’s targeting an April/May 2020 opening.
“Gallo 2” will be able to seat 100 with a combination of indoor and patio seating. Another 100 people can take advantage of a second-floor banquet space.
In addition to coal-fired foods – pizza is the specialty – the restaurant will offer a “Gallo Pronto” option, wherein guests can take advantage of quick grab-and-go items.
“I know, historically, they’d like to maybe have a little bit more of a historical look, but I like this look. I like it a lot,” Trustee Claudia Marasco said.
“I do, too,” Mayor Anne Welch added.
“I think it’s a great addition to the village, and I think you’ve done a great job here,” Deputy Mayor Vic Eydt said.
Realtor Tom Deal said, “I think it’s going to really enhance that corner. … It’s going to be a jewel to the village.”
Architect David Giusiana of Giusiana Architects & Engineers presented the proposal.
Read more about the plan and see additional images on The Sentinel website, www.wnypapers.com.
New Façade Coming to CVS plaza
Trustees also voted to approve an exterior change to the CVS plaza building.
Following the meeting, plaza owner Anthony DiMino said, “Seeing that we’re not going to put on (a previously approved) addition, as we originally intended, we always were planning on doing a façade change.
“Originally, the façade was going to be kind of colonial-looking. And the more I thought about it, the more I went around town, and the other areas of Western New York, I felt that we needed to be a little more modern; more up-to-date.”
Architect Jim Fittante of Fittante Architecture P.C. presented the plan, and provided the images of 791-765 Center St. (below).
He said the new design would further distinguish the tenant storefronts.
“It looks nice,” Welch said.
CVS façade: What is shown above is set to become what’s drawn below. (Image courtesy of Fittante Architecture P.C.)
AROUND THE VILLAGE:
The Village of Lewiston Department of Public Works paired this week with outside contractors to replace sidewalks on North Fifth and South Fourth streets.
Wills to Replace Brolinski
Board members appointed Larry Wills as DPW superintendent, effective Sept. 1. Wills served as deputy under Terry Brolinski, who retired this week.
“He’s been with us quite a long time,” Welch said. “He knows it inside and out, so we’re lucky to have him take over.”
Anthony Mang was named deputy superintendent.
Trustees begrudgingly accepted a letter of resignation from Clerk/Treasurer Amy Salada.
Her last day will be Dec. 31.