The Sandwich Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved a special permit for a drive-thru restaurant at 280 Route 130 that will serve Mediterranean food.
The unanimous vote came after a brief presentation from owner/developer Thomas Tsakalos and his attorney, Kevin M. Kirrane.
Mr. Kirrane said the building at one time was home to a bank that had a drive-thru window. The Mediterranean grille would continue that use, but would also have inside seating for 50 people and ample parking in the surrounding Heritage Park Plaza parking lots.
The restaurant would be run by the Tsakalos family and would operate from 7 AM to 11 PM seven days a week, Mr. Kirrane told the ZBA.
Mr. Tsakalos is the owner of several commercial properties in South Sandwich, including the movie theater in Heritage Park Plaza. The new restaurant would be in the same plaza as the theater, but closer to the Cotuit Road entrance.
The ZBA agreed that the use would be in keeping with the business zone, would not cause traffic congestion and would not harm the surrounding neighborhood.
Residents at May Town Meeting approved a bylaw allowing drive-thru restaurants to be allowed—with a special permit—in the commercial zone along Route 130, and Quaker Meetinghouse and Cotuit roads.
The bylaw allows a range of businesses—from drugstores to restaurants—to operate a drive-thru. Planning director Ralph A. Vitacco has said the town had, at one time, allowed a few businesses to offer drive-thru service to their customers. A few banks, and Dunkin’ Donuts, opened such services at the time.
But in 2013, the town rescinded the bylaw allowing new drive-thrus, Mr. Vitacco said.
The planning board reintroduced the idea in January when the COVID pandemic was still raging and people did not want to congregate indoors.
Mr. Tsakalos did not say when he hopes to open the restaurant.