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Mexican restaurant at Rom's inches closer


October 20, 2009
STURBRIDGE — A site plan waiver was granted Tuesday, moving the property at 179 Main St. one step closer to reopening as a restaurant.

Formerly the site of Rom's Restaurant, the locale is currently undergoing a transformation and is slated to open as Playa Del Carmen Mexican Restaurant by the end of December.

Carmen Scaffidi of Riviera Maya Inc., owner of Playa Del Carmen in Holden, and leaseholder of the Sturbridge property appeared before the Planning Board on Tuesday, Oct. 20 accompanied by Gina Roscioli, representing the owners of the property.

The waiver was applied for because Scaffidi will be using the existing building for its originally intended purpose. Not much more than aesthetic alterations are being done to the facility in preparation of the restaurant's opening.

The biggest change to the facility is the delineation of the parking lot, as the neighboring lot, 173 Main St. — the extended portion of Rom's parking lot — was sold to JCJ Realty Trust for the purpose of opening a gasoline/service station and convenience store.

Whereas as Rom's was able to hold more than 500 patrons at a time, Playa Del Carmen will have a 275 seat maximum capacity in accordance with the allotted parking spaces.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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