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Malverne Board Approves Proposed Restaurant

The village board gave the green light for the TriColor photo building to be turned into a restaurant.

Malverne is one step closer to seeing a new restaurant open on Hempstead Avenue.

With their 60-day deadline to make a decision on the matter rapidly approaching, the village board took action last week on the to change the use of the Tri-Color Imaging building located at 356 Hempstead Ave. to a combination restaurant/office space. 

They granted one out of two of the applicant's requests, giving the property owner and developer, Melconian Properties LLC, the green light to open a 114-seat tapas-style restaurant in the village.

"The offices were withheld," Trustee Michael Bailey told Patch. Parking concerns regarding the issue, were factored into the board's final decision, which Bailey called "judicious."

After the trustees each conducted their own independent assessments of the parking situation in the village, Deputy Mayor Joseph Hennessy said that they came to the conclusion that it was a concern, but not one that should prevent the restaurant from opening.

"Like any other business, you have a time when things are really hopping," Henessy said. During these busy periods, the lots may fill up and patrons will need to park on the street and perhaps, walk a block or two to their destination, as they do in most villages, he explained. However, he added, "other times, the majority of the time, there was parking available."

But whether the parking was enough to support both a restaurant and various offices, which would be located in approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of space in the basement of the building, was a question the board could not answer. At this time, the property owner does not have any potential tenants for the office space and therefore, the board could not estimate the potential effects this element of the proposal would have on the parking situation.

"We didn't want to make a decision on something that didn't exist," Hennessy told Patch. "We voted on what we know."

Hennessy explained that if and when Melconian does acquire potential tenants for the downstairs space, they will have to come back before the board to get permission.

"At that point we'll be able to trace how well he's monitoring the parking," Hennessy said, adding that no other restrictions were placed on Melconian. It will be up to the property owner to decide how to manage the parking.

Another factor in the board's decision was the support the restaurant idea received from members of the community including residents and merchants, albeit a few businesses were against it.

"We felt the community wanted a restaurant and that it would bring a lot of traffic into the community," Hennessy said.

So when will these Malvernites be able to sink their teeth into what this new restaurant has to offer?

The document reflecting the board's decision will be signed Tuesday. Going forward, the village's architectural review board will have to review the specific plans for the restaurant, including its design, the planned changes to the building's facade and the proposal to allow food and drink to be served at tables located outside.

Still, Hennessy says, the plan has "jumped over a major hurdle."

Tell us what you think of the board's decision in the comments space below.

Bill Breuer January 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Will the Village ruling specifically address that part of the application that propoed adult entertainment? Or will the applicant have carte blanche to introduce all forms of adult escapes, or a cabaret liscence, at the location? Just asking since our Board has a long history of concealing its long term designs for the Village.
Paul Brandel January 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Absolutely laughable comment Mr. Breuer. Almost ashamed that I am taking it seriously and responding - as I believe that you may be "punking" us with a comment for levity and that I am a victim of it. This board has been extemely transparent in all of their decisions and actions - as well as consistenly seeking input from the village residents. The individuals that comprise the current board love the village more than any other group of individuals that exist and have been consistent in maintaining Malverne's character. Believe that there may be a vacancy for a writer on the Saturday Night Live staff - check it out.
Angelo January 17, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Paul, why even respond to Bill's comment, although I agree with the vacancy on Saturday Night Live, only comments like that would bring the show to an abrupt ending!!
James Joseph January 17, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Ya know as a young resident of Malverne, this is an awesome addition and the board should continue adding some type of Spark to Malverne so more and more young people move in and raise families and use the school system which I might add is doing awesome in recent years. Great Job to all on the board.
Regina Rochford January 17, 2012 at 08:21 PM
You've got to be kidding, Mr. Breuer. In my wildest dreams, I could not imagine Mayor McDonald supporting or concealing "adult" entertainment in the village. What have you been smoking?
Regina Rochford January 17, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I agree.
Gina Genti January 17, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Does anyone know if not having the ability to rent space to professionals at the lower level will hinder the building owners desire to open the restaurant? Was one contingent upon the other?
Tara Conry (Editor) January 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Gina: I'm still awaiting a response from the building owners.
Tom Grech January 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Mr. Breuer- I want to, but I just can't.
fredo January 18, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Bill - You seem to know an awful lot about "adult entertainment" and "adult escapes" and "cabarets." (what is this, Casablanca?) You should join forces with the Board, so that you can help them with their obvious and sinister "long term designs" to turn Hempstead Avenue into an Amsterdam-style red-light district.
James Joseph January 18, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Totally different topic but what is going on with Crossmans, there seemed to have been some action in the Spring after all I bought two huge Mumms for $50 :) Maybe someone here has some input. Thank You!
inrachma January 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Dude - it's a farm. It's asleep for the winter. This time last year it was under 2 feet of snow. Go back in the spring.

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