The waterfront eatery Shad Row, which sits near the historic Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry, wants to expand, but not if some neighbors get their way.
Those neighbors said they are concerned about a number of things from noise to traffic and parking. They will get their chance to voice their opinion at a planning and zoning meeting on Wednesday night.
With the ferry and the gorgeous setting, business has been good for Shad Row, so good they want to expand.
"They call it their favorite summer destination spot now and they're so happy we're here,” Shad Row co-owner Jenna Cavalieri said. “It's their little hidden gem they say."
Cavalieri filed a special permit to expand the seasonal restaurant to nearly 90 seats by adding seven tables along the river bank.
She's also requesting to add some canopies to block the sun for customers and wants to offer live jazz music.
"We have a wait already, so with more tables it reduces the wait and reduces the people in the parking lot,” Cavalieri said.
One neighbor James Zagroba, whose property borders the restaurant, has lawyered up to fight the expansion.
His attorney Walter Twachtman said there are a number of issues that would potentially affect his client and others who live in the area.
"The expansion increases the activity, the noise, the traffic, the debris...the whole concept of the increase would impact the neighbors,” Twachtman said.
While critics suggest the restaurant move to a new location if it needs to expand that's not something the owners are willing to do.
"I like the quaintness of it...the secretness of it,” Cavalieri said. “When you take something good and you make it bigger it could lose its authenticity and I don't want to move.”
Wednesday’s meeting is set to start at 6:30 p.m. at Rocky Hill Town Hall.
Shad Row is expected to open for the season at the end of April or early May.
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