Tony Carollo has big plans for the vacant Burleigh's Paint & Paper shop on East Main Street.
Carollo, who owns Carollo's Family Restaurant on Delsea Drive in Franklinville, plans to open a similar establishment in Moorestown. The restaurateur said he plans to overhaul the building, installing a canopy out front and expanding the rear to make room for an outdoor seating/courtyard area, among other improvements.
Tom Ford, the township's director of community development, said Carollo plans to expand the 997-square-foot space by about 250 more feet, all of it in the back of the building.
Carollo was granted a parking variance by the planning board last week, according to Councilman Chris Chiacchio, who said the business owner is investing roughly a half million dollars into restoring the building.
"It's going to be a really good addition to that end of Main Street," Chiacchio said.
Carollo said the Moorestown restaurant will be similar to the one in Franklinville, with dine-in and carry-out, brick oven pizza and plenty of other Italian dishes. He's shooting for a summertime opening.
"When it's done, it's going to be one of the best-looking restaurants on Main Street," said Carollo. "It's going to be almost a new building."
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