Dopo La Spiaggia Presents Plans for Kitchen Expansion, Roof Deck

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Renderings of the front of Dopo La Spiaggia, top, and the side view, bottom, by Country Lane Designs. Courtesy image

With the restaurant hoping to expand its kitchen and add a roof deck for people to stand and enjoy drinks and sunsets, a representative of Dopo La Spiaggia on Thursday gave Sag Harbor’s Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review an early look at the plans, and was met with a fairly warm reception.

A 462-square-foot addition would connect an existing outdoor shed to the rest of the restaurant, with mechanical equipment inside the top of that addition, and a rooftop deck of less than 60 square feet without any seating would be added above the first floor of the restaurant, but the plans need approval from the Sag Harbor Planning Board in order to proceed. The project already has some measure of relief from the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals, including rear and side yard setbacks, rear yard coverage and total lot coverage variances that were granted in October of 2017.

When the BHPAR seemed concerned over the potential for rooftop dining — the board has a history of closer scrutiny over projects that involve rooftop decks — attorney Brian DeSesa, representing the restaurant, confirmed there would be no tables.

“This is very moderate and small in terms of size, and has been scaled down since the last time we were here,” Mr. DeSesa said. “You couldn’t have a tremendous amount of people there. It kind of blends in.”

Board chairman Anthony Brandt said the aesthetics of the renovation seemed “about as tasteful as we’re going to get.”

“I wouldn’t mind having a drink up there with the sunset,” he said. “I’m not really feeling strong objections to this.”

While a formal BHPAR application has been filed, Dopo La Spiaggia’s project is on hold until the Planning Board can make a determination.

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