A Zoning Hearing Board review of De Lorzeno’s Tomato Pies' application for a Newtown Township restaurant has been postponed until February.
The Zoning Hearing Board was initially scheduled to review the famous pizzeria’s request for variances needed to open a 4,500 square-foot restaurant during its January meeting.
However, the review was postponed and will most likely be taken up in February, officials said.
Representatives from the famous pizzeria came before the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors last month to present plans for a one-story restaurant at the former Newtown Veterinary Hospital site. De Lorenzo's wants to demolish the former animal hospital and construct a new, one-story brick building where it will serve its famous tomato pies.
However, De Lorenzo’s will need zoning permission to construct a restaurant in the “Office/Light Industrial” zone. An eating place is a permitted use by condition in that zoning area.
In addition to conditional use approval, variances for parking and buffers will also be needed to construct the restaurant. Current plans call for 75 off-street parking spaces.
If approved, the restaurant will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. for dinner.
De Lorenzo’s tomato pies are famous throughout the region. The pizzeria, which first opened in Trenton in 1947, last year closed its restaurant in the city’s Chambersburg section.
It currently operates a restaurant in Robbinsville, N.J.