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Outdoor Patio Approved For Wilton Bistro

WILTON, Conn. – Get ready to have a seat outside if you plan to grab a bite to eat at Bon Appetit, as the Wilton restaurant will be able to build an outdoor patio.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve an application by the restaurant to install the outdoor dining setup. The only conditions are that it will have to remove overhead lighting if the canopy is retracted or taken down and it must conform to town lighting rules. No residents were in attendance to speak at the brief conclusion of the Bon Appetit public hearing, and the regular meeting ended in about 15 minutes.

Bon Appetit owner Dominique Arrighi wants to add outdoor seating for 16 guests in front of the French-style bistro. He also hopes to expand the indoor seating by about 35 seats, converting the former Shaolin Studios karate school space into an indoor cocktail and wine bar.

Assistant Town Planner Daphne White said Arrighi will have to get building and zoning permits from town offices to build the patio and will need to get a building permit for the interior renovations.

Bon Appetit attorney Edward Schenkel of the firm of Gregory and Adams declined to comment after the meeting.

Arrighi recently said he wants the patio to better serve customers and because other diners in town already have outdoor eating areas. Other restaurants in the Wilton Center zone require a special use permit to have outdoor dining.

The commission plans to revisit parking and seating regulations for future restaurant applications because of concerns about parking in Wilton Center.

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