By Andrew Wroblewski
The Scotto Brothers catering company is talks to lease the former Wonder Bread Hostess warehouse on Route 110 in Melville, where it wants to build a 248-seat “high-end” restaurant.
The proposed 11,769-square-foot restaurant would be located on a 1.975-acre parcel on the eastern side of the intersection of Broadhollow and Spagnoli roads.
The applicant, 569 Broadhollow Road LLC, whose principal is Greg DeRosa, required a zone change and negative State Environmental Quality Review Act declaration from the Huntington Town Board in order to move forward. The town board voted unanimously to adopt the zone change and declaration during its meeting Tuesday.
The zone change encompasses two parcels neighboring the warehouse, an unoccupied 0.18-acre parcel to the north and an office building to the south, which sits on a 3.25-acre plot that DeRosa also owns.
All three parcels have been changed from I-2 light industry district to C-6 general business district. Operation of the office building will not be affected.
“We think it would be an asset to the Melville business district,” DeRosa said Monday. “It would certainly revitalize a blighted site currently in need of repair.”
To fill the proposed restaurant, DeRosa said he has an agreement in place with Woodbury-based Scotto Brothers, which manages venues and hotels like Fox Hollow and Chateau Briand Caterers. Scotto Brothers Controller Arthur Viana did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.
However, DeRosa said of Scotto Brothers, “We’re working very closely with them. We’re positive about our relationship and we feel if we’re granted the approval they will deliver a site that will be consistent with their other high-end venues.”
DeRosa must now seek parking relief from Huntington’s zoning board.
His proposal requires a total of 276 parking spots. On the restaurant property, 138 stalls would be provided and overflow parking would be permitted in the lot of the adjacent office building. DeRosa would be short by 28 stalls.
During a public hearing at the Nov. 5 town board meeting, attorney James Margolin said a planned valet service would make up for the parking deficiency.
Along with the 248 seats inside the proposed restaurant, an outdoor dining area with 64 seats would also be constructed.
Margolin also said the state Department of Transportation has given preliminary approval to add a fourth leg to the traffic intersection at Broadhollow and Spagnoli roads, which would allow patrons direct vehicular access to the proposed restaurant property.