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Louie's revised plan gets backing; Planning Board OKs restaurant

A plan to put a Louie's Texas Red Hots on Elmwood Avenue received the first of two needed endorsements Tuesday from the Buffalo Planning Board.

The proposal for an addition in front of 1049 Elmwood, just south of Bird Avenue and next to Poster Art, was submitted to the city last month.

It was initially planned as a one-story addition, but that would not have met the design standards for the Elmwood Village that are part of city law.

The parties involved met with the Elmwood Village Association on Monday night to discuss the plans, which were revised and presented Tuesday morning to the Planning Board.

Plans now call for a two-story addition. The first floor where the takeout restaurant will be located will contain about 750 square feet and a 200-square-foot patio, while the second floor will be roughly 500 square feet of space added onto existing apartments, said David Sutton of Sutton Architecture.

But before the project can move forward, the board must hold a public hearing on the proposed site plan, which is subject to board approval. A tentative date for the public hearing is the May 8 meeting.

Board members suggested the project sponsors hold a community meeting with neighbors prior to the public hearing. All property owners within 400 feet of 1049 Elmwood will be notified of the hearing in a letter from the city.

After the board recommended that the Common Council allow a restaurant at the site, the Council's Legislation Committee took up the matter later Tuesday. The full Council would need to approve the restaurant use at the site.

The existing property, which now contains an apartment building, is owned by Lori L. Labonte, according to city records.

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