Restaurateur applies for permit for former Mystic health food site

Mystic - A local woman who planned to build a restaurant across from Bravo Bravo on East Main Street will instead open an eatery in the former Puritan & Genesta building, which she owns.

Angela Kanabis received approval from the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission last year to build a mixed-use building at 17-19 E. Main St. that would have included a restaurant and residential units.

A lot was cleared and a foundation poured, but there has been no other activity.

Kanabis, under the business name KAC Realty, has applied to the commission for a special-use permit to operate a full-service restaurant with a liquor permit at 2-4 Holmes St. The commission has scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. on May 1 at Mystic Middle School.

Kanabis' application states that she will not proceed with the construction of the building at East Main Street and proposes that no construction take place on the property unless she obtains a new permit from the commission or modifies the one she has.

The Holmes Street restaurant, which will have 80 seats, six employees and 14 parking spots on site, will use the 17-19 E. Main St. location for the remainder of its parking. If both restaurants had opened, there would have likely been a parking shortage at 17-19 E. Main St.

The restaurant will occupy two-thirds of the Holmes Street building's 3,200 square feet. The other one-third is retail use.

Puritan & Genesta, a natural food and products store, closed in September after 35 years.


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