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Downtown Delaware eatery gets council's OK

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Delaware City Council last week made way for two new businesses -- a family-owned restaurant and an additional CVS Pharmacy location -- to move into the city.

At its meeting Monday, Oct. 8, council granted a liquor license to Generations Fine Food and Spirits, finalizing plans for the new business to open at 5 N. Sandusky St.

It also approved a preliminary development plan with CVS Pharmacy to build a location at the southeast corner of West Central Avenue and Houk Road, and gave its nod to Chesrown Auto Group's plans to move its Chevrolet dealership to a bigger plot on U.S. Route 23 just south of Hull Drive, across the street from Walmart.

The owners of Generations said their restaurant will deliver American-style food such as pasta, steak, chicken, flatbreads and sandwiches.

It will open in the former location of Nova restaurant, which closed over the summer.

"We decided this would be a great opportunity for us to put together a real nice restaurant with some great food we think the people of Delaware will like," said restaurant owner Martin Sims.

The restaurant's name was inspired by its business model: It's managed by Sims, who previously ran Vittoria restaurant in Powell, and his son, Jeff Sims, is the chef. Jeff's son also will work at the restaurant.

"Our menu also has a 'spanning the generations' section with meals popular in the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s, but with a modern twist," Martin Sims said. "Pizza has been around forever; we're going to have flatbread. Macaroni and cheese has been around forever; we're going to have lobster macaroni and cheese."

The Sims are targeting Nov. 1 as the opening date for the restaurant.

Also at the Oct. 8 meeting, City Council approved a development plan to bring a third CVS Pharmacy to Delaware.

The project will include road improvements along state Route 37, including the construction of a left-turn lane.

A representative of the developer said the company hopes to break ground as soon as weather permits in spring 2013, with the store set to open sometime next year.

A development plan for Chesrown Auto Group to move its Chevrolet dealership to the site of the old Liberty United Methodist Church on U.S. Route 23 also was approved. The car lot currently is located just up the street on Route 23, north of Hull Drive.

The church congregation that formerly occupied the site currently is making a long-planned move to a new location. The church building, which Chesrown General Manager Ryan Gill said is antiquated and in disrepair, will be demolished as part of the construction plan.

The move will allow the Chevrolet dealership to expand its operations from about 4.5 acres to 7 acres.

The development plan includes extensive landscaping buffers around the perimeter of the lot, which borders a residential neighborhood.

"We've made every effort to be good neighbors," said Chesrown President Jim Gill. "I'm crazy about landscaping, and given the opportunity, it's going to be a very attractive facility."

Also at the meeting, council approved an updated five-year capital-improvements plan for the city, including $1.52 million in repairs and replacements for 2013. Set for next year are airport improvements, street repaving and the purchase of new paving equipment, among other projects.

A first reading of the plan was heard at the Sept. 24 meeting.

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