SOUTHINGTON — Craft Kitchen will add a patio along with outdoor beer and wine service following town approval this week.
The restaurant will double its seating after adding a patio behind the Meriden Avenue building.
The Zoning Board of Appeals approved the patio and outdoor alcohol service on Tuesday. The restaurant got approval for indoor beer and wine sales earlier this year.
Board Chairman Joe LaPorte said businesses in that location have wanted alcohol sales for years.
“It was a long time coming,” he said.
As a stipulation, alcohol service must end at 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on weekends.
The patio will have about 50 seats and a pergola-type covering.
LaPorte said no one opposed the patio or outdoor alcohol service. While Craft Kitchen is in a residential area, houses are fairly far from the business.
“There aren’t a lot of houses on that street,” he said. “It won’t impact the neighborhood,”
The restaurant offers sandwiches, pizza, Italian dishes, salads and wraps.
Owner and chef Michael Truss said the menu hasn’t been adjusted much since the restaurant opened last summer. He’s considering adding some seasonal items this year.
“The response that we got with our menu has been overwhelming,” he said. “If we take some stuff off, there’d be an uproar.”
Truss said the restaurant has more than 50 seats indoors. He’s hoping to start work on the patio as soon as he can get permits from the town.
Craft Kitchen opened after a major renovation of the property that has been a host of restaurants over the years. LaPorte was impressed with Craft Kitchen’s success.
“They do real good there,” he said. “This place here will make it.”