Italian Restaurant May Open in Woodbury

This site in Woodbury has seen its fair share of proposed activity. The owner of an Italian restaurant in Thomaston is the latest to set his sights on the space.


First, a coffee house and piano lounge was slated to open at the former Heavenly Gifts in Woodbury.

Then, a Chinese food restaurant.

Now, it could be home to a new Italian restaurant. Ari Mamudi attended the Tuesday, Feb. 26, Zoning Commission meeting and detailed plans for a take-out and sit-down restaurant.

Her family owns Hometown Pizza of Thomaston. The Woodbury business, if all goes according to plan, will be open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Zoning Commission member Bob Clarke requested a site plan pertaining to parking. Mamudi intends to work with the land use office on details and come to a future meeting with more information.

The next two Zoning Commission meetings are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 9, at the Senior Community Center.


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Kristin Ingersoll February 28, 2013 at 01:22 PM
I know I must have missed an article or something - but what happened to the Chinese takeout that was going to occupy this space?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Hi Kristin - you didn't miss an article. I found out when I picked up the Feb. 26 agenda and called the land use office, that the Italian restaurant owners had their sites on the former Heavenly Gifts spot. In speaking with Donna at the land use office, she explained that people can apply for permits and if they choose not to open at that location, land use staff put a note in the file indicating the owners chose not to follow through. She said a reason doesn't need to be given.
Wbyguy February 28, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Yeah, just what Woodbury needs, another mediocre italian restaurant. :(
Kristin Ingersoll February 28, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Thanks Jaimie! Kind of disappointed that Chinese restaurant won't be going there.
ctmom February 28, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Agree with other posters -- we do NOT need another Italian restaurant (pizza or otherwise). Why not Indian, or Thai, or Mexican or Greek or even just a really good little coffee house? ANYTHING but Italian! Nothing against Italian food, but good grief... there ARE other cuisines out there!
Susan Suhr March 01, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Unfortunately many of our neighbors adore Italian food. Agree about Indian, Thai, Greek. Not certain about Mexican, which tends to be bland - how about Tex-Mex?
Sean March 01, 2013 at 12:45 AM
If the marketplace does not want another Italian restaurant, then people will not shop there. Be thankful that any business is coming to town given the anti-business regulations and the horrible reputation of the zoning commission.
Sean M March 01, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Just wondering when Patch is going to cover the opening on Zoning, who was picked, how it was done, or even what Overton actually did in the January meeting. How about covering the conflict of interest complaint on me that was thrown out without a hearing because it was completely baseless?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Here you go, Sean: http://patch.com/A-1YvY
ctmom March 01, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Why does every post on Patch turn into a political diatribe ... can't we just talk about the kind of restaurant we'd like to see in town???? As I understand it, Zoning approved the Chinese takeout. They approved the French bistro. What did they NOT approve and why is the turnover for this site all about zoning... maybe it's got something to do with the OWNER of the property? (I don't know, I'm asking... all I know is that both the French bistro/coffee house and the Chinese takeout were approved by Zoning as far as I know based on the articles on Patch. Please correct me if I'm wrong...and I'm sure Sean will! ;)
Sean M March 01, 2013 at 02:26 AM
And who did the Republicans pick? Quite a story there. I will save the trouble. They decided not to promote me and promoted the worthy Jon Quint. Missing in all this is the Republicans missed the chance to remove Martin Overton as chairman from the commission. The reason? The RTC feels that given that I am not a Republican every day of my life, I am not worth a full membership seat. The real story? Ask Lou Deluca, former state senator and Vice Chairman of the RTC who stated that I am the problem in zoning. He also called me an embarrassment. Funny given his past.
Sean M March 01, 2013 at 02:33 AM
ctmom, a number of posts turn into political discussions because the zoning commission is a complete embarrassment to the town. It is because of the regulations that there is so much vacant commercial space. I care to update people on what is going on with zoning. Most of the residents in town have no idea how bad the problem is. I do believe that the french bistro was not approved, because the space is already zoned for food and no approval was required. I cannot tell you about the Chinese place due to me being forced to leave the meeting. Once a space is zoned restaurant, zoning does not need to approve. The Land Use Office can just take care of it.
Bob O March 01, 2013 at 03:15 AM
I think it would be a good idea to have any restaurant there. Italian would be fine. Too many Italian restaurants ? Has anyone ever been to NYC, Little Italy? Too many Italian Restaurants? I think not. A great experience. For any of you that want to have other foods choices, feel free to step up to the plate, have at it. There are plenty of building space available that the Zoning Commission has already approved. We should support all of the businesses Here in Woodbury. Perhaps Sean Murphy and Martin Overton could go There and share a pizza and a beer and get on with the governance of our town. You think ?
Sean M March 01, 2013 at 04:06 AM
No need to go to NYC. Go down to Norwalk or Westchester County. Nardelli's has terrific food and you never leave hungry, a requirement for Italian themed places. As for your last comment, I enjoyed your optimism and humor.
ConcernedResident March 02, 2013 at 06:43 PM
That location used to be home to Fritz's Restaurant an owner/chef restaurant offering austrian/german fare. It was unsurpassed for quality and service. Fritz lost passion for the restaurant and sold it. The new owners could not duplicate what Fritz created and closed. He is now head of Royal Caribean Cruise lines food services. We have many fair restaurants in the bury's none better than fair, in my opinion. To get exceptional meals/service/ambience you need to go to Washington, CT-White Horse Tavern and GW Tavern.


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