dinas1By Jann Wiswall

Dina’s restaurant is expanding into the space soon to be vacated by the Holiday Shoppe, and the architectural plans for the expansion were approved as submitted by the Ellicottville Village Planning Board on Tuesday, June 10. The application for a special use permit for a new real estate office for Kenneth Bailey and Thomas Fenner in the Ellicottville Square complex on Bristol Lane also was approved following a public hearing.

The Dina’s expansion involves only minor changes to the exterior of the building. The Holiday Shoppe’s door will be replaced and brought to grade to mimic the current Dina’s entrance. Signage will change, awnings will be removed and other alterations will be made to pull together the façade.

According to Joe DiPasquale, Dina’s father and an Ellicottville real estate agent who attended the meeting to answer questions on his daughter’s behalf, interior expansion plans involve moving the bar to the Holiday Shoppe side of the building, adding a private dining room at the back of that space and increasing dining space in the current first floor bar area. The entire restaurant will be redecorated. None of the interior renovations require planning board approval.

With the architectural review complete, the board scheduled a public hearing on a special use permit for “change of use” at next month’s meeting.

Tuesday’s meeting agenda also included consideration of a new sign and replacement of windows and siding on the front of Tips Up restaurant. The issue was tabled until next month’s meeting to give the applicants time to have drawings of the proposed sign and exterior designs prepared for the board.

Consideration of an accessory barn with apartment at a private home on Martha Street also was tabled until the July meeting due to the need for significant revisions to preliminary plans.

The next meeting of the Ellicottville Village Planning Board will be held on Tuesday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Village/Town Hall. Plans for projects people would like to have considered by the planning board at that meeting must be received by June 24 in order to be placed on the agenda.