NEWBURYPORT – A protracted vacant storefront on Nice Road will quickly be stuffed when the restaurant chain NU Kitchen opens its latest department the place the previous Szechuan Style and Thai Lily Kitchen used to function.
In latest weeks, restaurant proprietor Joshua Van Dyke has submitted allow purposes with varied metropolis departments together with the Well being Division, the Constructing Division and the Planning Board, in accordance with Newburyport Metropolis Corridor data.
As soon as open, the Newburyport restaurant would be the third in a small chain operated by Van Dyke with different places in Somerville and Worcester. On its web site, NU Kitchen is billed as a wholesome selection different that includes “healthful substances, aware preparation and attentive service.” Dishes embrace a harvest tofu scramble, Hawaiian seashore bowls, burgers, sandwiches and wraps. The eateries additionally characteristic a big selection of smoothies, juices, espresso and tea, in accordance with its web site.
“We’re excited to be a part of the neighborhood,” Van Dyke mentioned throughout a Tuesday cellphone name.
After residing in Boston close to his Somerville location, Van Dyke and his household determined to maneuver to the Newburyport space having fallen in love with the town and its restaurant scene. He additionally mentioned he believes NU Kitchen will fill a void for diners providing vegan and gluten-free choices together with a big selection of drinks, smoothies and ultimately liquor.
Van Dyke mentioned he’s hoping to open late fall or early winter and will rent as many as 25 to 30 staff based mostly on the sizes of his different places.
The long run residence of NU Kitchen has been dormant since January, 2020, when Thai Lily Kitchen closed its doorways for good after roughly a yr in enterprise. For years earlier than that, the house was residence to arguably the town’s hottest Chinese language meals restaurant, Szechuan Style.
The house, formally listed as 19 Nice St., Unit 1, is owned by Excessive Road resident Michael Nichols and was final assessed at $1,462,000. Nichols bought the property for $1,475,000 on Nov. 30, 2017, from longtime proprietor Shiang Ta Chen. Chen had owned the house since 1996. It incorporates a 3,185-square-foot first flooring and a 2,952-square-foot basement, in accordance with metropolis data.
However in accordance with a constructing allow posted on one of many many home windows present that intensive renovations are happening inside together with new plumbing and mechanical techniques and up to date electrical and hearth prevention techniques. There can even be new millwork constructed on the primary flooring and basement.
Well being Division Director Frank Giacalone mentioned his workplace acquired an software on Could 24. That software continues to be beneath overview with Giacalone making what he known as “minor modifications,” just lately.
Van Dyke filed an software with the Planning Division to “rework the constructing’s storefront entrance to unique situation with the intention to have direct constructing entry for brand spanking new restaurant idea,” a request that wants a particular allow as a result of constructing’s location throughout the Downtown Overlay District, in accordance with Metropolis Corridor data.
Inbuilt 1873, the Italianate-style constructing as soon as was residence to a shoemaking manufacturing facility owned by Elisha P. Dodge. Dodge served as the town’s mayor from 1890 to 1891 and was a Newburyport Public Library benefactor and an incorporator at Anna Jaques Hospital. What was later known as The Dodge Constructing was occupied by the W.D. Hannah Shoe Firm by means of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties. In 1955, the constructing was offered to the Prince Realty Firm and occupied by the Martin-Tickells Shoe Firm, in accordance with metropolis historic data.