James and Julie Petrakis, chefs and owners of The Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder and Swine & Sons in Winter Park, are taking their first step next week toward beautifying 1.197 contiguous acres the couple owns on the northeast corner of W. Fairbanks and S. Pennsylvania avenues, where they plan to eventually consolidate all three brands.
Winter Park's Planning and Zoning Board will consider on Sept. 6 three requests from the Petrakis' affiliate land owner JT Palm Holdings LLC, which revolve around paving a new extended parking lot for Cask & Larder, building a new outdoor dining area and extensively landscaping the property.
"Julie and I purchased that property a year and a half ago, and we always felt like we needed to beautify that corner with new greenscaping and landscaping," co-owner James Petrakis told GrowthSpotter on Tuesday. "The egress is also poor at the location, and that prompted us to look at moving the entrance to a new phased parking area off of Pennsylvania Avenue, which will give our guests an easier way to get out."
The company owns 1.087 acres between the two retail buildings now home to Cask & Larder and Swine & Sons Provisions, which lie on the northeast corner of W. Fairbanks and S. Pennsylvania avenues.
A third 0.11-acre vacant home parcel lies directly north of Swine & Sons with access onto S. Pennsylvania Avenue, which the couple bought in March 2015 for $79,000.
That small dirt parcel is what they want to rezone as Parking Lot, which has been used informally as such by neighboring bars and restaurants for decades.
City planning staff think it will improve aesthetics of the area and recommend approval, since the owner will be paving the lot, adding 27 new spaces overall, landscaping and installing stormwater retention features.
The applicant also wants to create an outdoor dining area to be located on the west side of the Cask & Larder building, to the north of its current entrance. It would be on a slightly raised wood deck, 800 square feet in size. Wood planters and an awning would accompany the deck.
A conditional use approval is required, since the outdoor area would be serving alcohol and is within 300 feet of homes. Staff are recommending approval, in part because the restaurant already has outdoor seating to the south of the building that's rarely utilized, due to traffic noise on Fairbanks Avenue.
"This is an investment of probably around $150,000, though we're still formulating the plans," Petrakis said. "It's property we purchased for the long-term, and the main objective now is to beautify that corner and make it a more attractive piece of property at the five-points gateway to Winter Park."
Following Zoning Board hearings on Sept. 6 and Sept. 26, Petrakis estimates they'll submit permit designs by mid-October, and expects to begin exterior paving and construction in January.
The couple plans to eventually move its other restaurant on N. Orange Avenue, Ravenous Pig, to the 6,000-square-foot Fairbanks building when its lease ends in 2018, pairing it with Cask & Larder.
"That's why we are streetscaping the property now, we want to begin working from the outside in," Petrakis said.
The couple owns an additional 0.45 acres by way of a home lot directly north of Cask & Larder and the Enterprise Rental Car property directly east, which may offer future expansion of the restaurant's footprint.
Klima Weeks is civil engineer on the new parking and outdoor seating proposals, and Michael Wenrich Architects is doing preliminary work on the landscape design, with a formal landscape architect being coordinated by Wenrich for the job.