Farm Country Kitchen was granted a one-year extension last Thursday of a zoning variance it previously received from the Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals allowing an off-site parking lot that’s more that twice as far from the riverfront business as zoning permits.
A popular West Main Street restaurant took a major step forward Thursday in its nearly six-year long legal battle with the Town of Riverhead. READ
Farm Country Kitchen, which has been involved in legal battles with Riverhead Town since 2011, moved a few steps closer to legalizing its West Main Street operation in the eyes of the town Thursday night.
Years into a plan for a new parking lot and valet parking service at Farm Country Kitchen, owners of the West Main Street restaurant still have more work to do in order to earn approval from the town. READ
A couple crosses W. Main St. on Monday afternoon in front of Farm Country Kitchen. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)
Backing out of their parking spaces on West Main Street can get tricky for some Farm Country Kitchen customers.
In fact, according to one Planning Board member, parking has become so dangerous there that he’d feel guilty if someone got injured while cars try to maneuver around one another at the popular eatery — which he feels is bound to happen if nothing changes.
So, the Planning Board is moving to change it. (more…)
Riverhead resident Doug Wald speaks before the ZBA meeting Thursday night supporting an application for Farm Country Kitchen. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
Compliments to the chef.
At least that was the theme of Thursday night’s Zoning Board of Appeals hearing, as speakers overwhelmingly supported an application for Farm Country Kitchen to have an off-site parking lot and other variances needed to continue operating at its riverfront site on West Main Street.
A proposed off-site parking lot on Swezey Avenue for Farm Country Kitchen will first require a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. (Barbaraellen Koch photo)
Farm Country Kitchen’s proposed site plan with off-site parking will not be approved by the Riverhead Town Planning Board unless it first gets a variance from the town Zoning Board of Appeals, board members said at Thursday’s Planning Board meeting. (more…)
The entrance to Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead. (Barbaraellen Koch)
The Riverhead Town Planning Board is scheduled to discuss today Farm Country Kitchen’s plans to have offsite parking.
The Riverhead Town Board took the popular West Main Street eatery to court in 2011, claiming it had a certificate of occupancy only for a take-out deli and had expanded illegally into a full-service restaurant. One of the town’s complaints dealt with the lack of parking at the site, located on the south side of busy West Main Street.
That case is still pending, but one step restaurant owners Tom and Maria Carson took to rectify that issue was the purchase of a .70 acre parcel on the west side of Swezey Avenue, just south of the railroad tracks, to serve as off-site parking. The lot already has a paved parking lot.
Town planning and building administrator Jeff Murphree said the issue is merely on the Planning Board agenda for discussion today at 3 p.m. The applicant will likely need a Zoning Board of Appeals variance too, he said, since the lot they bought is 243 feet from the main building and the Town Code only allows off-site parking within 200 feet of a business.
• The Planning Board may also make a decision on Guddha Co. LLC’s application to put a 24-seat, 3,200 square foot fast food restaurant on a .3 acre parcel next to Taco Bell on the northwest corner of Harrison Avenue and Route 58.
The board voted to table its decision on the application for two weeks a month ago, after it became clear the vote would be tied, since one member was out. At its meeting two weeks ago, the board again tabled the vote for two weeks because newly appointed Planning Board member Stan Carey wanted to get more information before voting.