Sushi would replace sundaes under a redevelopment proposed for Glenville’s vacant Friendly’s restaurant at the corner of Glenridge Road and Route 50.
A sushi restaurant is proposed for the 2,400-square-foot building, which has been vacant since January 2012 when Friendly’s closed numerous restaurants nationwide as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring.
Glenville Town Board members were frustrated by having an empty storefront in the middle of its town center, especially with Target opening last October at the former Kmart.
Supervisor Chris Koetzle said he is excited about the redevelopment.
“It’s going to bring some cultural diversity to our center, something unique we don’t have anywhere else. We think it makes a nice addition,” he said.
Koetzle said he spoke with the owners, a Japanese family, who hope to open sometime in March after renovations.
One of Koetzle’s goals is to spruce up that entire area with new lighting fixtures and sidewalks. Some of the work has been completed as part of the Target project. The town had applied for a grant from the Regional Economic Development Council but did not receive any funding, Koetzle said. The next option is to seek funding from Metroplex, which works on improving corridors into the cities and towns.
“This is a perfect project for Metroplex,” he said.
Renovation work had been under way inside the building until Code Enforcement Officer Terri Petricca taped a note on the door, ordering it to cease until the new tenants contacted the Building Department. Building Inspector Paul Borisenko said plans for some minor interior renovations were submitted in late December to the town, but they were still being reviewed as on Monday.
Town Planner Mike Burns said he believed the name of the new restaurant would be “Neon Sushi.”
The leasing price was not disclosed. The transaction was handled by Bruce Ginsburg of IKON Realty Group, who could not be reached for comment for this story.