The Flying Pig Ale House, a potential new restaurant at 12 S. Sandusky St. in downtown Delaware, was granted liftoff by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission Wednesday evening.
“We plan to finish construction in four months and then start to hire,” said Amanda Sykes, a co-owner of the business.
Sykes and co-owners Xue Chen and TJ Wellman purchased the building in January. Chen and Wellman now run the Typhoon Asian Fusion Bistro, 10 N. Sandusky St.
Sykes said the new business would be a casual, small-plate eatery that will serve up craft beer and a fun place for families to visit.
The commission tabled her request at its August meeting because it lacked certain details of the improvements. But commission members were overall satisfied with the additional information submitted at Wednesday’s meeting.
“You addressed the things we talked about,” said commission member Mark Hatten. “It’s going to make the building really nice.”
Improvements to the upper facade include replacing much the external material with current siding with wood cedar textured lap, to be painted a medium shade of gray; and wood-aluminum clad, double-hung windows that include a flat trim and black-colored cornice top. The commission included a condition that the siding’s exposure is 3 1/2 to 4 inches.
The sign band area, above the entrance, will have a shed-type fabric awning in a flat deep burnt orange color, if available, with the business’ name in black lettering, illuminated by gooseneck light fixtures located above the awning.
The storefront will be completely dismantled to be replaced with a new wood frame that includes a central inset entry door and flanking flush storefront windows.
The commission decided that Dianne Guenther, city development planner, will have final approval of the owners’ plans to relocate two meters located on the north end of the storefront. The owners plan to take Columbia Gas’ suggestion to relocate two meters, now located on the north end of the storefront, to the northern column area, which requires a city permit because the location is in the right-of-way.
•In other business, the commission removed the request to approve storefront improvements of 34 N. Sandusky St. per the request of the owner, who was not at the meeting.
Guenther said Dr. Ron Gaudio plans to invest in his business and re-submit his request to the commission next year based on the feedback received from the August meeting.