NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP >> The board of supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a resolution allowing for a liquor license to be transferred from Bristol Township to BOMBA Newtown, LLC which wants to open a Latin-style eatery at 2930 South Eagle Road in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center.
Voting to approve the transfer at the May 8 board meeting were: Chairman Phil Calabro, along with Supervisors Kyle Davis, John Mack, Linda Bobrin and Dennis Fisher.
Under state law, a formal public hearing had to be held on the transfer request.
The Ohio-based parent company, Paladar Restaurant Group, wants to open its fifth BOMBA Tacos & Rum in the newest portion of the shopping center, which is currently under construction.
It would be the company’s first location in Pennsylvania.
According to the company’s website, BOMBA offers its guests the flavors and culture of Cuba, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean
The planned 170-seat restaurant, which is expected to be between 3,500 and 4,000 square feet, will serve a fixed taco-based menu, soups and salads.
The drinks will be rum-focused, and beer, both on tap and in bottles, will also be served.
Company representative Paul Foglia estimated that about 30-percent of the business will be in alcohol sales.
With the supervisors’ approval of the liquor license transfer, it will now be up to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to formally approve the transfer after an extensive background check on the business and its owners.
BOMBA Tacos & Rum still has to go through the township’s land development process with the planning commission and supervisors before opening the estimated $1.6 million business.
New Dental Practice
Also at the meeting, the supervisors unanimously gave conditional use approval to Madison Family Dental, LLC to open its practice at 258 North Sycamore Street which is located at Goodnoe’s Corner near the Green Parrot restaurant.
The long-established dental practice will now be located in an 800 square foot storefront once occupied by Today’s Kitchen & Bath. Conditional use approval was needed for a D-2 medical use in a Planned Commercial (PC) zoned district.
More eateries planned
In other land development news, planning commission chairman Allen Fidler told the supervisors that at the May 7 meeting the planners had recommend that the board approved the conditional use application for MOD Pizza at 2938 South Eagle Road.
The restaurant would be located in the new section under construction in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center.
The eatery, which would occupy 2,804 square feet, wants to include an outdoor seating area for 30 people, blocked off by a metal rail fence with wooden slats and landscape buffering.
Take-out service would also be available.
According to Fidler, the planning commission also recommended that the supervisors grant conditional use approval for Solstice, a 6,700 square-foot restaurant at 2948 South Eagle Road in the same new complex.
The proposed business would offer fine casual dining and have a liquor license. A planned outdoor 72-person seating area would also be used for private parties. However, outside music would be prohibited.
During the supervisors' meeting, several residents elicited concerns about parking with all the new restaurants opening in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center.
However, several board members noted that under several previous agreements between the township at the center's owner, Brixmor Property Group, the number of restaurants and parking spaces were already designated.