Changes to the entrance and front windows at got underway this week after the restaurant renovations got an OK from the Hamilton Zoning Board of Appeals.
Owner Joe Leone has said he plans to reopen the downtown Hamilton restaurant in September after renovations. It has been at its current location for 19 years and the restaurant has been largely unchanged during that time, although it was expanded from 82 seats to 101 seats in 2001. The restaurant .
The plan is to make a small existing entrance on the north side of the restaurant into the main entrance and remove the existing center entrance and replace it with windows. A handicapped entrance of the side of the building will remain.
The number of seats will not change, but the restaurant space will increase by 18 square feet, which triggers the review this week by the ZBA. Last month, .
In addition to changes such as new hardwood floors and new bathrooms, the L-shaped bar will become U-shaped in the center of the restaurant, Leone said.
Previously, Leone said the changes, in total, would make the restaurant “lighter and brighter.”