September 14 2017

Tuscan Kitchen to Convert Market Into Italian-Style Coffee Bar

By: Rich Hosford

Visitors to Tuscan Kitchen will soon have a new place to sit in a relaxed environment and enjoy a drink.


The management of the restaurant was before the Board of Selectmen on Monday for an Alteration of Premises Application to transform an area of the restaurant from a market into a lounge-like area with less formal dining options.


Attorney Mark Vaughan of Riemer & Braunstein spoke for the application. He explained that when the plans for the restaurant was first drawn up the front section of the building was designed as a Tuscan Market that would serve sandwiches and have a variety of food products such as breads and cheeses.


Now the owners are looking to change that slightly and create an Italian-style coffee bar.


“This area would be a more informal setting with sofas and other seats,” Vaughan said. “They are trying to provide a relaxed, comfortable environment where people can eat in a more casual location.”


As part of that plan they were seeking to have an additional 30 seats have the right of alcohol service. Most alcohol will have to be brought from the same bar as they rest of the restaurant but there are also plans for some coffee drinks with  to be prepared in that section


The Board of Selectmen approved the change with the conditions that no more than 30 seats are added and that signs are put up to keep people from carrying alcoholic beverages into parts of the building not designated for alcohol consumption. They are required that the restaurant’s full menu be served in the coffee bar, a condition already in the restaurant’s plans.


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