CHESHIRE — The Planning and Zoning Commission has approved an expansion of Viron Rondo Osteria that will add kitchen space, reconfigure parking and shift the patio.
Commission members on Monday unanimously approved the application to add 4,500 square feet to the restaurant at 1721 Highland Ave.
In 2016, restaurant owner Viron Rondo received the town's approval for more than 3,000 square feet of additional space. In 2017, he returned to the planning commission with a plan for 4,100 square feet of new space to the north of his restaurant.
David Carson of OCC Group, a design firm representing Rondo, explained the addition and presented plans to the commission Monday night. He said the previous application for an expansion wasn’t approved since there weren’t architectural renderings of the finished building.
EJ Kurtz III, the commission chairman, said the plans were “pretty impressive.”
Town Planner William Voelker said the beautification committee voted unanimously in favor of the plans. Committee members found the plantings and design attractive.
Commission member Don Walsh was among those who praised the plan.
“I think it’ll be the jewel of the north end. Hopefully we’ll attract more businesses into that area,” he said. “What Viron has come up with is something that is spectacular.”
Carson said Rondo hopes to begin construction this fall.
Rondo opened the restaurant, which he runs with his wife, Denada, in 2014.