Restau­rant work halted

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

The Town of Bay Roberts has ad­vised the own­ers of a pro­posed new A&W Restau­rant to halt any de­vel­op­ment work un­til all ap­provals are in place from both the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

The restau­rant will be lo­cated on the for­mer site of Strut Sa­lon at 161 Con­cep­tion Bay High­way, di­rectly in front of the Bay Arena, in a highly com­mer­cial area of the town.

A build­ing on the site has been de­mol­ished, and heavy equip­ment had be­gun some pre­lim­i­nary site work.

In a letter to the town, the own­ers asked that they be al­lowed to pro­ceed with site de­vel­op­ment and foun­da­tion work prior to of­fi­cial ap­provals from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

At its reg­u­lar meet­ing on May 31, coun­cil ap­proved the site plan in prin­ci­ple, sub­ject to fi­nal ap­proval by the prov­ince. But per­mis­sion to pro­ceed with the pro­ject was de­nied un­til a prop­erty lease agree­ment with the Bay Arena As­so­ci­a­tion was for­mal­ized, and all other per­mits were in place.

Ber­nadette Chard and Craig Mor­ris­sey of North River hope to have the busi­ness up and run­ning by this fall.

When reached last week, Chard said the busi­ness could em­ploy up to 40 peo­ple.

“It’s go­ing to be good for the area,” she said.

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