According to the CBC, Café 22 owner Gennaro Cianflone, has brought his plans to the attention of the city’s Board of Adjustment and is seeking permits to expand the eatery. City planners seem enthused but are recommending slight alterations be made before the project is given the go-ahead. Despite reservations, planners have acknowledged the revamped eatery could build on a trend of liquor-serving establishments boosting the area’s “destination district” appeal. They also added alcohol-serving restos have been a source of contention among locals.
The good news is Cianflone has received community support. “We have well over 500 support letters that have been signed on our behalf. We have every building surrounding us…their full support. We are part of a community here. This is not the business, businesses against the community. We are one. We have to work together,” he told the CBC.
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