Community Calendar

Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Make & Take Crafts (Drop in Crafts) Ages 3 +
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Wreath & holiday arrangement workshop
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Westerly

Seal Tour
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Westerly

Holiday Bazaar
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Westerly

Magician Darren Yong
11 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

Christmas Cantata
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Charlestown

"A Christmas Carol"
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Westerly

... View all of today's events

Stay Connected

Indian restaurant planned for downtown Pawcatuck

STONINGTON— The owner of an Indian restaurant in Mystic is looking to open a second restaurant in downtown Pawcatuck with another self-described restaurateur.

Bharat Banga, owner of Taste of India on Williams Street, and Amrish Patel plan to buy the property at 100 West Broad St. to serve as a restaurant described by Patel as “Indian fusion.” The restaurant would also offer takeout and serve alcohol.

The property, located next to the Elm Tree Inn and Hooties Cafe, formerly housed owner James Hall’s law office, and before that, the Pawcatuck School of Hair Design.

The Zoning Board of Appeals voted to approve request from Hall, who still owns the building until the sale is finalized, for a variance on the buffer requirement for the property in a public hearing on Wednesday evening. Stonington requires a 15-foot buffer area for restaurants serving liquor, but given the 9-foot-long driveway on the property, creating the additional buffer space is not physically possible, as Hall explained.

Several local residents spoke advocated on behalf of Banga and Patel at the ZBA meeting, noting that new businesses were key to creating a thriving downtown area.

“I would encourage any business that brings life into downtown, and a restaurant definitely offers that,” said Michael Morales, a former real estate agent. “Pedestrian traffic is vital to the life of our downtown.”

Mark Tebbets, a former Zoning Officer for Groton, agreed.

“Good businesses bring more good businesses, restaurants bring more restaurants,” he said.

Once Patel and Banga obtain the necessary special use permits for the property, they will purchase the building from Hall, according to Patel.

Back to LatestNews
Top Stories of the Week

Early morning fire damages Westerly condo units …
WESTERLY — A fire at the Morningside condominium complex on Apache Drive caused significant damage to at least two units in a four-unit building early … more ...

WESTERLY — It’s going to be a busy Thanksgiving for John Maxson, his girlfriend, Karen Jones, and their friend, Bert Smith. On Thursday morning, they’ll … more ...

Police identify victim of Route 1 crash …
WESTERLY — The woman who died following a one-car accident on Route 1 Monday morning has been identified as Linda Roy of Flintlock Drive, Long … more ...

Police logs: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 …
Charlestown Stuart J. Stodart, 25, of 100 Scapa Flow Road, was charged Tuesday with assault with intent to commit a felony. Kenneth J. DeRobbio, 36, … more ...

Westerly investigating charges against non-staff individual …
WESTERLY — The Town Council was briefed on an investigation being conducted by Town Manager Derrik M. Kennedy during an hour-long executive session Tuesday. The … more ...