Viron Rondo Osteria again looking to expand in Cheshire 

Viron Rondo Osteria again looking to expand in Cheshire 

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CHESHIRE — Viron Rondo Osteria is looking for approval yet again for an expansion plan that continues to grow.

The restaurant’s application for a 4,500 square-foot addition is on the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for the meeting scheduled Monday.

In 2016, restaurant owner Viron Rondos 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.

While a parking lot improvement was approved, a decision on the rest of the plan was postponed, according to commissioner Jeff Natale. He said the plan that will come before the commission Monday is virtually unchanged.

“It is the same thing,” Natale said.

Rondos couldn’t be reached for comment Friday. Last year, he said the expansion was to increase bar space and add on to the kitchen.

The existing building is more than 5,300 square feet. Additional space won’t be used to increase seating, Rondos told the Record-Journal last year, but will allow him to install bread ovens, continue expanding the menu and offer unique dishes.

Jerry Sitko, the town’s economic development coordinator, said he’s seen the latest renderings and was impressed.

“It’s going to make for a very attractive building, not that it isn’t already,” he said. 

Sitko was pleased with Rondo’s success, saying his restaurant on Highland Avenue had become a regional destination.

“It’s good to see, too,” he said. “It goes to show you, good product, good service — it works.”

Rondos opened the restaurant, which he runs with his wife Denada Rondos, in 2014.

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