A new Panera Bread on Elmwood Avenue and an expansion of a restaurant on the same street won approval yesterday from the Zoning Board of Appeals. A list of decisions is posted below.
Panera will take the place of Blockbuster, at 765 Elmwood Ave., and though the footprint of the building is not changing, the space doesn't conform to the code for the area, and a variance was necessary.
At 451 Elmwood Ave., Ambrosia is taking the place of Nektar. Both restaurants are owned by Stavros Malliaris. The patio at Nektar will be enclosed to make way for Ambrosia, which is moving in from down the block. Nektar will close.
Also approved were plans by David Pawlik to convert a church at 786 Kenmore Ave. into 12 apartments. The space had been used by Buffalo Covenant Church.
PUSH Buffalo also won approval for new homes, that will contain apartments, on West Utica, Vermont, Normal and Sherwood.
What wasn't approved was a plan by an Adams Street man to sell firearms out of his home. A neighborhood meeting, initiated by Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen will be held before the board votes.