Special permit approved for Crepes Tea House

Arturs Ribinskas, at right, owner of Crepes Tea House, speaks to the Southwick Select Board July 10, 2019 about his new restaurant on Feeding Hills Road. (Photo by Hope E. Tremblay)

SOUTHWICK- The Planning Board Tuesday reviewed the site plan for the proposed Crepes Tea House and approved a special permit for the business, which should be open by the end of summer.

Business owner Arturs Ribinskas came before the Planning Board less than a week after receiving unanimous approval from the Select Board for a Common Victualler License.

The main point of review at Tuesday’s meeting was of the parking situation for the restaurant. Ribinskas said that there are currently 50 parking spots, two handicap spots, and he will be using the existing motorcycle parking spots as well. At peak hours, Ribinskas expects up to six employees to be working.

Ribinskas is opening the second location of the Crepes Tea House in Southwick. The original location is in West Springfield. At the Select Board meeting last week, Ribinskas said that his business partner had the idea to make a new location in Southwick.

Owners of Crepes Tea House have been working at their new location at 157 Feeding Hills Road, Southwick and plan to open before summer’s end. (Photo by Hope E. Tremblay)

“We want to bring Eastern European food to Southwick,” Said Ribinskas, who is from Lithuania. “It will be the same menu as our West Springfield location.”

Planning Board Chairperson Michael Doherty requested that Ribinskas come back with a plan that better shows where the parking is on the property. Otherwise, the hearing was closed, and the conditional site plan and special permit were approved unanimously by the board.

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