With its legal issues behind it, Ralph’s Italian Ices & Ice Cream is set to make a grand return to Mamaroneck.
Last year, owner Scott Rosenberg was forced to shut the doors on his shop on East Boston Post Road due to zoning discrepancies regarding the business. Ultimately, a State Supreme Court judge chose to dismiss his case against the village, where he sought $300,000 in damages after being told to close.
Less than a year later, the two sides have reunited, an application for a 3,000-square-foot location on Mamaroneck Avenue has been approved. The new location is scheduled to reopen in the spring. The plan includes a small snack shop that will be open year-round that will serve select foods.
At the time of the court case, Rosenberg’s attorney Andrew Schriever argued that the July 14 closure of Ralph's was a violation of his constitutional rights. He contended that the village had granted Rosenberg a business permit and the illegally rescinded it after he has spent more than $300,000 to meet their demands to work with the neighborhood.
The issues arose when a group of Mamaroneck residents complained to the Zoning Board of long lines and noise coming from the business. In response, Rosenberg hired extra staff, realigned parking and expanded to a larger building, all for naught.
However, the Zoning Board revoked Ralph’s certificate of occupancy and adopted a resolution that denied his application for a special use permit. Now, with fences mended, Rosenberg and village officials are hopeful that the new location will be beneficial for all parties.
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