Story by Jennifer O’Connor
In a unanimous decision, the Village of Warwick Planning Board granted final approval on Thurs., Feb. 15 to John Christison to construct a 3,600 sq. ft. building at 16 Elm St. in Warwick, NY which will be the new home for Yesterdays Restaurant.
Christison, who began this endeavor in December of 2016, said his business has outgrown its current space at 29 Main St. The new location will provide adequate parking and more room to accommodate the many patrons who enjoy eating at his establishment.
“It’s been a long journey, but ultimately we met all of the Villages requirements, for a location that was already zoned light industrial. I truly appreciate all my patrons and my supporters. Yesterdays will now be able to accommodate a growing community with a first-class modern eatery,” said Christison.
For 33 years Christison has taken pride in running a restaurant with a warm, old fashioned ambiance, where patrons can relax and enjoy a variety of delicious food and drinks as well as award-winning desserts by his wife, Peggy, who is the Executive Pastry Chef.
Christison now looks forward to bringing the quaintness of Yesterdays to Elm St. He has not yet set a date for the construction of the new building. There are several steps he needs to take first such as purchasing the property from Frank Petrucci, which was contingent upon him receiving approval for the project.
During the 14-month long site plan application process before the Village Planning Board, Christison made significant changes to the original plans in response to concerns neighboring residents have about potential noise coming from the proposed restaurant. These changes include removing both the outdoor patio and speakers on the covered porch from the plans. To monitor the noise, testing will be conducted during the first summer after the restaurant has opened. If it is determined that excessive noise is coming from the porch then measures will be taken to mitigate the issue. Food service on the porch will cease at 8 p.m. and the porch will be closed at 9 p.m.
Patrick Gallagher, a resident of West St. who is a strong opponent of the project, said that he believes the Village of Warwick violated the zoning code by allowing the restaurant to be built at this location. Gallagher said he, along with a group of residents, are going to file a lawsuit against the Village because the restaurant should be a prohibited use due to the potential noise it will create in the neighborhood.
Gallagher said that those against the project have hired David Gordon, an attorney from Poughkeepsie, NY, who will file an Article 78, which is a proceeding that is used to appeal the decision of a local agency such as the Village of Warwick. Gallagher added that the Article 78 will be filed sometime within the next 30 days with the Orange County Supreme Court.