Owner of Hangar Pub in Amherst seeks to separate wings takeout business
AMHERST — A restaurant and bar specializing in chicken wings will soon be separating its sit down and delivery components.
After operating both the Hangar Pub and Grill and Wings Over Amherst from 55 University Drive since the late 1990s, the Wings delivery service is expected to move to 181 University Drive into retail space most recently occupied by a Quiznos sandwich shop.
Restaurant owner Harold Tramazzo said he is planning the move to the 1,800-square-foot site as a way to bring in new customers.
“Some people just don’t want to pick up their wings at a bar,” Tramazzo said. “I saw this as an opportunity to separate the two.”
The project will come before the Zoning Board of Appeals for a special permit hearing for a class II license Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Town Room at Town Hall. The special permit is needed for any restaurants that want to operate after 11:30 p.m. Wings is expected to remain open until 1 a.m. most weekdays, 2 a.m. on Thursdays and 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Tramazzo said. Customers can only make pickups until midnight, with the delivery drivers continuing into later hours and leaving the premises by 3:30 a.m.
Senior Planner Jeffrey Bagg said if the three-member panel approves, it typically will take 30 days to have the permit written and filed with the town clerk. A 20-day appeal period follows before any work can begin.
Tramazzo said he hopes to open in summer and have all details worked out by the time college campuses reopen in the fall.
Separating the restaurant and delivery service will also allow Tramzzao to update the 15-year-old menu at The Hangar, he said.
The new space should mean better parking for those picking up orders, Tramazzo said, as plenty of spaces are available in the shopping plaza that also includes a Big Y supermarket and CVS Pharmacy.
Henry Barstow of Hadley is the general contractor for the project. Inside will be primarily a kitchen area, with a small area where people will pick up and pay for their food. No public restrooms are available.
Delivery vehicles will depart from the rear of the store on land that is in Hadley. Because Tramazzo is not changing the use of that area, no review is required by a Hadley municipal board.