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Al Fresca Ristorante Plans Major Expansion

Sep 11, 2014 10:55AM ● By Bill Gilman
Two years after opening, Al Fresca Ristorante is not only surviving, it's thriving.
In fact, business is going so well that owners Mark and Erica Angluin are planning a major expansion. The Italian bistro, located at 1768 Main St., is taking over the adjacent space, formerly occupied by the Airport Diner.
On Tuesday, the Angluin's appeared before the Board of Selectmen to ask permission for the project. As a business holding a full liquor license and a common victualler's license, permission is needed from the licensing authority before any expansion of this type.
"We presently have 2,200 square feet in Unit 3 (of the strip mall). We're going to be leasing Unit 4 and that will add about 2,400 square feet," said Mark Angluin. "We'll be able to add about 74 seats."
Angluin explained that the additional space will be connected to the existing restaurant by a walkway and will be used primarily for private functions, parties, wedding showers, etc. He said the addition would allow the business to add 8-10 employees.
"It seems like just yesterday you were in here (for a liquor license)," said Selectman Scott Wilson. "I'm glad to see you're doing so well and wanting to expand."
"It's refreshing to see things are going so well, " added Board Chairman Todd Johnson, just before the board unanimously approved the request.
Angluin said he and his wife have been pleased with the cooperation they have gotten from the town since they opened for business.
"Everything has been going great," he said. "The department heads have been great. Everything we've needed, we've got."
Angluin said the expansion should be completed and the new section available for use by the end of October.

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