Kinsmen Brewing, Crystal Bees, former Plantsville Pizza all looking to expand in Southington

Kinsmen Brewing, Crystal Bees, former Plantsville Pizza all looking to expand in Southington


SOUTHINGTON — A restaurant, entertainment complex and brewery are looking for town approval to add outdoor dining and alcohol service.

Crystal Bees, Lorenzo Restaurant and Pizzeria and Kinsmen Brewing Co. are all on the Zoning Board of Appeals agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.

Crystal Bees, an entertainment complex on Spring Street, wants to have outdoor music and alcohol service for a patio that’s under construction near the main entrance.

“We’re in the process of building our patio right now,” said general manager Kari Brave. “We’re really excited about the future. It’ll be really good to finish off the fall.”

The patio will have several fire pits and eight tables. There’s no outdoor dining or alcohol currently.

Brave said Crystal Bees has had indoor shows but wants to add live music to its patio once completed. They’ll start with acoustic but may add amplified in the future.

A ribbon-cutting is planned for Sept. 1. Crystal Bees opened in March 2016 with bowling, dining, arcade games, bocce and a bar.

Lorenc Pergjoni started Plantsville Pizza in 2015 in a building at 848 Main St. that was formerly Napoli Café Deli and Catering. He sold the business to Gentian Duka last year but efforts to reopen it by other owners failed.

Pergjoni got back into the business, renamed it Lorenzo Restaurant and Pizzeria, remodeled the restaurant and fixed zoning violations such as plantings and an illuminated sign.

His application with the Zoning Board of Appeals said he’s seeking a special exemption “for an additional consumer bar” at the restaurant.

According to the towns’ Planning Department, the additional bar is an area for service staff to get drinks for customers rather than the main bar. It’s often done when there is underutilized space and something that was approved for 75 Center, which opened in the former Machiavelli’s restaurant location downtown.

The Kinsmen Brewing Co., a brewery in the former Clark Brothers factory in Plantsville, wants to expand an outdoor patio area allowed under the company’s initial special exception.

Owners Michael Brennan and Gregory Caucci want to integrate the brewery with the nearby Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. The brewery overlooks the trail and owners were hoping to connect their business with the trail. They’re hoping to draw trail users and had considered offering dog biscuits made from the brew-making grain.

The ZBA meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 196 N. Main St. 203-317-2230 Twitter: @JBuchananRJ

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