Romo’s Pizzeria looks to expand prior to opening

VOORHEESVILLE — After receiving approval to open shop in May, Romo’s was back before the Voorheesville Planning Commission recently seeking approval to make additions to the former Smith’s Tavern.

Anthony Berghela, owner of the popular Romo’s Pizza in Glenmont, wants to add a covered deck to seat about 40 customers at the rear of the building and a new service area. 

Issues with the nearby floodplain, which the building’s basement sits two feet below, necessitated the construction of the addition of the service area in the rear of the building, project architect Dan Sanders told commission members this week. 

Berghela took possession of 112 Maple Ave. from Stewart’s Shops in June, having paid $350,000 for the site. 

Berghela opened his Glenmont location in 2009 as a 680-square-foot take-out space and has since turned into a 4,300-square-foot full-service dine-in restaurant. 

The former Smith’s Tavern had a building area of about 2,400 square feet.

The latest proposal for Romo’s in Voorheesville shows plans for 4,200 square feet

But there really was just one question on people’s minds on Feb. 7.

“My only question is for the owner here,” said commission member Mike McTague. “When are we going to have this? Everyone is looking forward to it.”

Berghela said he’s constantly fielding answers to the question and typically answers it the same way: In a couple of months. 

The commission set a public hearing on the expansion for its March 7 meeting. Should Berghela receive a sign-off, construction of the addition and deck is estimated to take between six and eight months, according to his  application filed with the village.

 

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