MILLBURY, Mass. —The Millbury Planning Board granted approval to A&D Pizza's plans to expand its restaurant, increasing the square footage by over 50 percent.
The plans call for 2,032 square foot addition in the rear of the Elm Street building, utilizing land purchased from the Millbury Federated Church.
The restaurant hopes to accept larger groups, and also be able to host functions or parties, engineer Norman Hill said. A&D can now seat 118 customers in its 4,000 square foot facility, including outdoor seating which is used for three seasons.
The expansion will add 45 more seats to the restaurant, as well as allow the owners to bring in bigger refrigerators to store more food, cut down on deliveries, and will allow the owners to buy food more in bulk to increase their profit margin.
The owners agreed to not use blasting during construction, which had been an area of concern for the Planning Board. If the construction crews encounter ledge during the excavation process, they will use wedges or a chemical alternative to explosives.
A garage located on the Federated Church property, which abuts the location, will need to be shored up using a retaining wall. And finally, per a letter from Millbury Fire Chief Dave Rudge, an upgraded fire alarm and sprinkler system will be installed in the new addition.
A&D hopes to begin construction as quickly as possible according to owner Chris Andrianopoulos. He said that it should commence as soon as the cold weather breaks and they hope to have the new area open before the winter holidays late in 2013.