GRAFTON – The Stillery Restaurant is coming to Grafton as the business plans to move into a currently vacant restaurant space in the center of town.
Representatives for Stillery came before the Grafton Village Plan Commission this week, requesting a conditional use permit for a new restaurant at 1304 12th Ave. There is currently a Stillery restaurant in the village of Richfield, and this business will remain in operation; according to information submitted to the village plan commission, Grafton will be a second restaurant location in the area.
“The applicant is seeking approval for a new restaurant at the former location of Atlas BBQ in downtown Grafton,” said Community Development Manager Jessica Wolff.
“They will offer a varied menu and a full bar,” added Wolff.
Their Richfield menu includes appetizers, sandwiches and wraps, burgers, salads, sides, pizzas, fish fry, tacos, kids menu, entrees and desserts.
The Planning Commission approved the permit after very brief discussions. This is the only approval the distillery needs in the village, as restaurants are licensed downtown by conditional use and conditional use permits receive final approval at the commission level.
A member of the Planning Commission asked about a private dining room next to the main restaurant, and whether this would be commissioned by the new restaurant.
“At the moment we don’t know if we will open it right away, but at some point it will be available for small parties,” said Peter Kotsakis of the Stillery.
The company will carry out remodeling and renovation work on the interior of the existing building before the opening. Wolff said they plan to repurpose the bar and rearrange the seating available inside. The existing kitchen and outdoor restaurant space will remain as is.
The Stillery’s operating plan document submitted to the village stated that the renovations should be completed by mid-July and that the restaurant should open on August 1. Scheduled hours for the business are 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., seven days a week, with two shifts of employees and up to 30 employees per shift.
The request said the Stillery would use a room on the second floor of the building in addition to the 5,100 square feet on the first floor, but the upstairs room will be reserved for staff.