March 7 2016

Hearing for Permit for Cafe and Casual Dining Restaurant Continued by Planning Board

By: Rich Hosford

A new coffee shop and casual dining place looking to join the big renovation project underway at The District hit a delay at the Burlington Planning Board. 


Pressed Café, which currently has one location in Nashua, New Hampshire, was before the board on Thursday for a special permit to open a 3,500 square feet restaurant in Building A of The District. According to the application the restaurant will have seating for 175 patrons, 50 of which will be seasonal outdoor seating. 


Planning board members raised some concerns about the safety of the patio, saying they would like to see a plan that would protect diners from vehicle accident like the one seen recently in a Newton pizzeria where two people were killed and more injured when a car struck the restaurant. 


They also had objections to the artistic renderings of the building, questioning the landscape design, the orientation of the entrance door and how the back of the building would look. In the end they continued the hearing until the March 17 meeting. 


If approved, Pressed Café will be open seven days a week, offering breakfast all day, Panini sandwiches, made-to-order salads, house-made soups, local micro-roasted coffee, cold brew, espresso drinks, fresh smoothies, and cold pressed juice. 

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