PLATTSBURGH — A new restaurant is planned for the former Domenic's restaurant property at the corner of Route 9 and Latour Avenue.
Joe Ajmo, who owns Gino's Pizza in Rouses Point, plans to build a similar restaurant at the Town of Plattsburgh location.
That plan has received conditional approval by the Town of Plattsburgh Planning Board.
Ajmo said the restaurant will offer a menu similar to Gino's, including pizza, calzones, pasta, subs, wraps, grilled favorites, appetizers, salads and more.
He said he plans to offer the area the same quality dishes he's cooked in Rouses Point.
"I'm going to give it 110 percent. Seeing our customers satisfied is my biggest reward," Ajmo said. "My philosophy is to always give good service."
He doesn't have a specific timetable but hopes to start construction soon.
Plans call for a 1,512-square-foot building on the southern end of the property, with about 24 seats. It will include a soft-serve ice-cream stand.
There will be a covered patio on the north end of the property for seasonal outdoor seating.
Access will be from Latour Avenue. The former entrance from Route 9 will be eliminated, pending approval from the New York State Department of Transportation.
Guard rails will be installed between the parking lot and Latour Avenue, and that entrance will be narrowed.
Some of the paved portions of the property will be removed and returned to green space, which will also reduce stormwater runoff.
A sidewalk will be built along the east, west and south sides of the restaurant.
There will be new connections to the Town of Plattsburgh water and wastewater lines that run by the property.
Plans call for reuse of parts of the Domenic's foundation.
Domenic's Restaurant was destroyed by fire in September 2006. The parcel has been vacant since the debris was removed in 2008.
Ajmo said the restaurant will be run by his son, Patrick Ajmo, and will have seven or eight employees.
The Rouses Point restaurant closes in January and February when business is slow. The Plattsburgh location might be open year-round if business supports that decision, Ajmo said.
"We have succeeded in Rouses Point. I hope we do as well in North Plattsburgh."
He's pleased with how much traffic goes by the site.
"No question about it; it's a good location."
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