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Construction Could Start Soon on New Malverne Restaurant

Developers of Hempstead Avenue tapas restaurant awaiting final approvals.

The latest rumor circulating around Malverne in recent weeks was that the developers of a new restaurant slated to open up in the village had lost interest in the property.

It's not true.

Elcid Melconian, of Melconian Properties LLC, the owners of 356 Hempstead Ave., spoke with Patch Thursday and said Happy Hour Enterprises Inc., the building's new tenant, still plans to open a 114-seat tapas-style restaurant there.

the Malverne village board approved a  to grant a special parking exception and change the use of the old Tri-Color Imaging building so it could be converted into a restaurant.

Then, in March, Melconian, restaurant proprietor John Skijus, and their architect, Henry A. Monteverde, presented blueprints of the restaurant and samples of the materials that will be used in the construction to the village's Architectural Review Board. The board unanimously approved the plans for the exterior of the building, with the exception of the lighting and signage, which will be reviewed at a later date.

Just weeks ago, the village's Buildings Department signed off on the final plans and returned it to the restaurant proprietors.

"As far as the village is concerned, everything is in order," Richard Barbieri, superintendent of the Buildings Department, told Patch Wednesday. He explained that the next step is for the developers to get the necessary permits from Nassau County. "The ball is in their court, now," he added.

Since receiving the approval from the village, the developers have filed the paperwork with the Nassau County Fire Marshal's office, and are awaiting a response.

"It could be any day now," Melconian said.

Then, the village will need to make sure any contractors working on the project are licensed and insured, before work can begin at the site.

"As of now, we can't even put a nail in the wall," Melconian said, but assures residents that once they get the green light, construction will commence right away.

He said the order has already been placed for all the materials, even the tables and chairs, that will be used.

"I know it's quiet there now," he said, "but as soon as we get going ... it will be like a rollercoaster."

Despite the rumors, Melconian said the plans to open the restaurant have never changed. The name, however, is still up in the air.

Originally they intended to call it 77º but Melconian said this is no longer the case.

"The name is changing … but I'm not sure what the new name will be," he said. "It could be similar."

Are you excited about the new restaurant? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

Peter Robideau July 19, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Can't wait! I'm anxious to see what they do with that property. Hopefully they will update the facade as well as the interior.
Tara Conry (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Peter: You'll get a better idea of what they have planned for the outside of the building if you read this article: http://malverne-lynbrook.patch.com/articles/malverne-board-approves-first-phase-of-new-restaurant-plans
Brenda Gio July 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM
It's unfortunate that they haven't lost interest. It's all well and good to encourage business development in the village, but the parking issue for a restaurant with that many seats is one that I do not believe was adequately addressed.
flaco July 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Too bad there aren't at least 3 gigantic municipal parking lots anywhere nearby that are empty 90% of the time
Gina Genti July 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
There is a municipal lot right in back that is always empty. If the owners have a back entrance I'm sure that will reduce the anticipated parking issue.
Bill Breuer July 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
It would seem that there would be ample parking if the vacant land at Arlington was leveled and a parking lot added. right now. In addition, the lack of appropriate traffic contols almost guarantees an unsafe area all day. It will probably take a fatality before reasonable steps will be taken.
Gina Genti July 23, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I can think of a half dozen better uses for that land than a parking lot and in fact I think municipal use of the lot is prohibited under the terms of the agreement.
Teresa Truncale August 02, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I cant wait for it to open. It is exactly what this village needs. It sounds like a great place for residents to meet friends. Malverne needs a place like this, it will be a great addition to our downtown area.

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