WALLINGFORD — A local cider company is hoping to expand its tasting room.
New England Cider Company owner Miguel Galaragga submitted an expansion plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission earlier this month. It is scheduled to be discussed at the PZC’s meeting next month. The company is located at 110 North Plains Industrial Road.
“Our tasting room is fairly small,” said Galarraga. “We can only fit so many people here and we need to accommodate.”
According to the application, the tasting room will be expanded from 250 to 370 square feet, with an additional 80 square feet of outdoor seating. It will require the removal of a partition between the retail space and the manufacturing area. Galarraga said he also wants to create additional parking.
“The space fits 20 people at most,” Galarraga said. “It’s most busy Saturday, Sunday or for special events.”
Cellarman Dino Keric, who works in the manufacturing area, said expanding the tasting room space will mean less space in manufacturing, but added it will not be a problem.
“But on busy nights it can get a little cramped in (the tasting room),” he said.
Galarraga said if all of the permits are processed he hopes to begin renovations right away and complete the project by November. He eventually also wants to add a small kitchen to serve food.
Galarraga said the business is growing fast, but he doesn’t want to move from the location because the company is established in town and has a regular crowd. The business will remain open during the renovations.