STONINGTON — The Macondo coffee shop has received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission to expand its space and increase its seating.
The cafe, owned by Todd and Angelica Lynch, of Stonington, will be allowed to expand by 512 square feet into adjacent space that housed an antique store. The commission acted on the application Tuesday night.
With eight seats, the cafe was considered “retail-restaurant” and the expansion will increase seating to 18, putting the shop in the “restaurant” category, according to zoning regulations.
A single, mixed-use handicap accessible bathroom was approved for the entire space. The hours will remain the same, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., closing at 6 p.m. in the summer.
Parking was deemed adequate for the expansion, with eight parking spaces dedicated to Macondo out of 53 for the entire building located at 530 Stonington Road, Route 1A.
The cafe’s business peaks in the morning, while visitors to the Stonington Pizza Palace, located in the same shopping center, peak during lunch and dinner, the meeting report stated.