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Mystic River Popcorn gets approval for Cottrell Street location

STONINGTON – A new business is about to start popping in Mystic.

The Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday gave its unanimous approval to the Mystic River Popcorn Co. to open at 12B Cottrell St. Although technically a restaurant, Mystic River Popcorn will have no seats, and will sell takeout popcorn to people at Mystic River Park.

Carole Dupont, representing Mystic River Popcorn, described the store as “kind of a simple setup.” It will consist mainly of “a 7-foot table with a popcorn popper on one side and a caramel maker on the other side,” she said. There will be an additional counter to handle payments, and possibly a display rack.

The popcorn will be freshly popped, using coconut oil, she said.

Dupont hopes to have the store open in time for the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 23, she explained. It may be open weekends at first, and then every day, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., during the warmer months.

The store will be located at the site of the former St. Pierre Photography studio.

In other business, the commission also unanimously approved a walk-up takeout window at the Mystic Diner on Greenmanville Avenue.

-Leslie Rovetti

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