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Pie cafe in Newton seeks to double seats

Posted by Sarah Thomas  July 13, 2010 09:32 AM

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The owner of Pie Bakery and Cafe says there’s one question she gets over and over when people walk into her Newton Centre restaurant.

"They always ask me the same thing," Ellen Kaplansky said. "Why don’t you have more seats?"

The eatery has nearly 2,000 square feet of space, but only 24 seats. On Tuesday, Kaplansky will ask the Land Use committee for permission to add 24 more seats, bringing the total to 48.

"We’re not going to make any structural changes, just reorganize the space we have inside," she said. "We have some ideas like moving the condiment stand and changing the arrangement of seating by the front windows."

Kaplansky said she believed the proposed change would not require any additional bathroom facilities or parking spaces for guests.

"We’ve had a petition going for the last few weeks, and around 300 people have signed it, supporting the seating change," Kaplansky said. "I am really hopeful that the committee will be amenable to our proposal."

Newton Centre has seen considerable restaurant activity in recent months.

The owners of the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown are planning to turn space at the Newton Centre T stop, formerly occupied by Starbucks, into a satellite diner with 90 seats.

And late last year, the Board of Aldermen cleared the way for Panera Bread to open a 105-seat restaurant nearby on Centre Street. The proposal had raised hackles among cafe owners and other local businesses.

Sarah Thomas can be reached at sarah.m.thomas@gmail.com.

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