As the former Sag Harbor staple Conca D’Oro is given new life as Sag Pizza, co-owner Michael Cinque and architect Christopher DiSunno on Tuesday successfully lobbied the Sag Harbor Planning Board to green-light a bar and its reconfigured indoor space even as the board postponed approving its request for outdoor seating.
“We’re keeping it the same use,” Mr. DiSunno told the board. “We want to include a bar in the back and outdoor seating. The seating capacity is going to remain the same as Conca D’Oro was.”
The board had to split Sag Pizza’s site plan approval off from its application for outdoor seating because according to village zoning code, new applications for outdoor seating require public hearings. The board, minus chairman Gregory Ferraris, who had recused himself after saying he had a conflict of interest, set up Sag Pizza’s public hearing on outdoor dining for its June 26 meeting. The board appeared set to table the entire application to June 26 until the applicants spoke up to lobby for the interior space to be approved.
“We’ve done an amazing job in this space. We’ve been working around the clock,” Mr. Cinque said. “One vital component is that bar. Outside seating can wait.”
Board member Neil Slevin told the applicants “you’ve caught me personally off guard” and deferred to attorney Denise Schoen. After some quick research, Ms. Schoen advised the board members they could, in fact, separate the two issues.
“There is a provision in the code where we can waive both the public hearing and any sort of strict application for the site plan review process under certain circumstances,” she said, referring to the bar. “Constructing the bar in the existing facility would meet those standards — it would not result in increasing the floor area, it would not change parking requirements, they’re both permitted uses in the zone and it does not result in increased, new or different health department requirements.”