Plans to expand the kitchen and lounge area at Sen restaurant on Main Street in Sag Harbor were put on hold during Tuesday night’s Sag Harbor Planning Board meeting. This came as project manager Dean Golden said restaurant co-owner Jeff Resnick also plans to propose an addition to the apartments located on the second floor.
According to the application filed with the Sag Harbor Village Building Department, for the kitchen expansion, Sen restaurant owners hope to construct a one-story, 550-square-foot addition on the rear of the existing building. The construction is proposed over an area that currently holds a storage shed, propane tank, cellar entry and stairway leading to the second floor.
The expansion aims to enlarge a kitchen area that Golden said was so small it was “torturous” to operate in and allow for the reconfiguration of the bar area and bathrooms in Sen.
Golden said instead of moving forward with that application, he would like to amend it to include the addition on the second-story apartments, which will not expand the number of units, but just make them larger.
Sag Harbor Village environmental planning consultant Rich Warren suggested that Golden furnish the board with a complete analysis of how much parking Sen has grandfathered with the village and if the expansion would have any impact on parking. Golden said he believed the building had enough pre-existing parking to move forward with the plans, but would provide the planning board with that documentation.
The amended application could be seen as early as the planning board’s February 28 meeting.
In other news, this summer Sag Harbor Village will have a new frozen yogurt shop at 2 Main Street, in the same building that hosts La Superica, most commonly referred to by locals as Fort Apache.
On Tuesday night, the planning board also waived site plan approval of Danny Cheng’s plans to open a retail store for the sale of frozen yogurt and fresh toppings in a space most recently occupied by a clothing store. The board was able to waive site plan approval as Cheng already received approval from the Suffolk County Health Department, and the change in use does not increase the amount of parking or septic needs and will not expand the building. Outdoor furniture retailer Dodds & Eder was also granted a waiver from site plan review for the construction of an exterior deck for similar reasons.
Lastly, the public hearing on Elizabeth Dow’s proposal to move her wall covering business, design studio and retail space to the former Sag Harbor United Methodist Church building on Madison Street was closed. The proposal will also be before the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB) tonight, Thursday, February 9 and before the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, February 14.