EAST GREENWICH - The owner of a South County Trail seafood restaurant didnâ€™t get the increased seating capacity she wanted from the Zoning Board of Review Tuesday night.
But she got what she needed to keep her in business.
By a 4-1 vote, the board closed a four-month-long drama by granting DiMare Seafood Marketplace of 2706 South County Trail an increase in patron capacity from 20 to 44 and two variances, one allowing the use of an outdoor deck despite being slightly more than three inches larger than allowed by zoning ordinance, and another allowing valet parking 50 feet farther away than the 500 feet permitted by ordinance.
Kate LaBore, owner of the restaurant, and her lawyer, Walter Manning, spent the summer locking horns with the zoning board and neighbors on Sleepy Hollow Road, where many of the restaurantâ€™s patrons have parked.
Last month, they accepted a continuance when board members looked askance at their proposal for valet parking across South County Trail, citing safety concerns.
On Tuesday night, armed with a preliminary agreement from Builders Realty LLC of 2750 South County Trail to lease 18 parking spots there for use on busy nights, LaBore and Manning sought to increase the restaurantâ€™s seating capacity to 66, which they planned to reach through a combination of 13 present parking spaces on site, four valet spots on site and 18 in the leased lot.
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