A request for an outdoor dining area adjacent to the high-end restaurant expected to open on the first floor of Warwick Place sometime next year was unanimously approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night.
The meeting drew a crowd of town residents to the Selectmen's Meeting Room of Abbot Hall, many of whom spoke in favor of the outdoor seating area, which will be located in the building's rear courtyard.
Local attorney Paul Lynch presented board members with an updated plan calling for a 32-seat outdoor dining area. His request for a 40-seat dining area was shot down at a meeting in July when abutting neighbors and the owners of nearby businesses said they feared it would mean loud nights and limited parking.
Warwick Place is expected to open in early 2013 and will likely be home to a combination movie theater and restaurant, mini-theater for business conferences, a cafe selling breakfast and dessert, a retail establishment and small offices.
Click through the photos attached to this post for a closer look at the proposed outdoor dining area and a computer rendering of what the building is expected to look like.