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Greensburg council mulls liquor license transfer for pizza shop

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009
 

Greensburg City Council will consider next week the proposed transfer of a liquor license for a pizza shop at 807 Highland Ave.

Council is expected to vote on the transfer during its regular meeting Monday. The application then would go to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for a decision.

The license was last held by the Zebra Lounge on Constitution Boulevard in New Kensington, according to agency records.

Brother and sister Debbie and Kevin Ereditario want to start Little E's Pizzeria in the building at the corner of Highland Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Street, catty-cornered from Schaller's Bakery.

"It's more of a family-type setting," attorney Frank Pallone said of the proposed business.

Debbie Ereditario said the emphasis would be on serving gluten-free pizza.

"We want a pizzeria that's able to serve beer and wine if somebody wants that," she added.

Ereditario said she owns the building, which also houses a dog-grooming business and a fitness center. She did not expect any conflicts to arise from having other businesses in the structure.

There are 13 parking spaces available to customers, and arrangements have been made with a neighboring business to supply parking for pizzeria workers' vehicles, Ereditario said.

She said the building has a bar area, but she wants to use that more as a place where people can eat. The business exceeds the 30-seat minimum needed to meet license requirements, Ereditario said.

She anticipated the establishment would be open from 3 or 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and stay open until 11 p.m. on weekends.

Pallone said a sales agreement is involved with the liquor license.

City Planner Barb Ciampini said she had no concerns with the proposed business.

Council members reminded the license applicants that the city has required business owners to apply to the LCB for a liquor license transfer within 45 days of the panel's recommendation.

In another matter during Monday's meeting, council will consider site and development plans proposed by Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital to expand emergency room parking.

The parking lot is proposed at the intersection of West Pittsburgh Street and South Washington Avenue and will add 29 spaces, Ciampini said.

To create the lot, three buildings and a garage would have to be razed, the city planner said.

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