By Danny Schrafel
Two Events Group, the former proprietors of Four Food Studio in Melville, are now free and clear to apply for building permits to make their new restaurant concept a reality.
Huntington’s planning department shared the good news in a June 5 letter to Four landlord EVO Merchant Services’ architect, David A. Dubinsky.
The planning board voted May 28 to approve site plans for KPacho Restaurant, located at 515 Broad Hollow Road, the site of the now-closed Four. The proposal calls for an 11,575 square-foot restaurant, comprised of 7,500 square feet of indoor space and up to another 4,075 square feet of outdoor dining space.
Attorney for the applicant, Thomas Abbate, said Monday that the restaurant, headed by Jay Grossman, is hoping to open up “as soon as possible.”
“They converted a restaurant they had opened [in New Hyde Park], called Two [Steak and Sushi Den], to this KPacho concept, and it took off,” he explained. “Now, they want to refurbish Four and do the same thing here.”
This would be the second KPacho restaurant, which, according to the New Hyde Park location’s website, aims to give a modern spin to traditional Mexican cuisine within comfortable yet sophisticated confines.
The restaurant is part of EVO Merchant Services’ 179,000 square-foot complex located on 13.8 acres, which includes office, wholesale and warehouse uses.
The planning board voted May 28 to adopt an amended site plan, reflecting three recent Zoning Board of Appeals approvals that legalized improvements previously constructed on the site. Those ZBA decisions legalized a secondary monument sign, four visual image signs, an outdoor dining area with overhead canopy and an uncovered waiting area.
Building permits will not be issued, said Planning Board Chair Paul Mandelik, until lights wrapped onto trees along Route 110 are removed and all exterior lighting is compliant with Dark Skies legislation.