125-seat restaurant for River Canard (con't)

According to town planning coordinator Lory Bratt, after the decision, Delicata worked out differences with those objecting to the development regarding issues such as noise and hours of operation.

“There was an agreement between parties.”

The objectors had 20 days from the committee’s decision in July but never came forward to file an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), said Bratt.

Delicata expects to open a 125-seat family restaurant on the second floor of a three storey building which will have a unique white sail or tent like roof.

The restaurant will be open year-round, and open to the general public as well as boaters.

Delicata told that he has already secured a liquor license.

He said the working name of the restaurant is the Ranta Marina Grill “but we’ll probably come up with something different.”

It has been a long haul for Delicata, a LaSalle resident and owner of the Pillette Transfer Station, who is among a group that acquired the former town-owned Ranta Marina site, after furious objections by boaters and other town residents.

The town put the property up for sale because it was considered a drain on public finances, despite the fact senior levels of government has poured as much as $3 million into it over the years.

Delicata purchased the site for $548,000, well above a previously assessed value of $450,000.

Delicata said he opened the marina to the public and “some” of those who had protested the sale are using it.

He said of 104 wells 70 have been rented.

“We’re keeping pace with our forecast.”

After he bought the property a new dispute arose with his plan to build a new boathouse combined with a year-round restaurant and third floor patio deck, topped with the white roof, designed by Windsor architect Vijay Vasantgadkar.

Vasantgadkar also designed Portofino Condominiums on Windsor’s Riverside Drive.

But neighbours objected to a minor variance that would see the top of the roof exceed the permitted height by 2.6 metres.

The town supported the request but neighbours “had concerns,” Bratt said.

And while it was predicted the town’s decision would likely be appealed to the OMB that never took place.

Delicata said that with this matter settled “everything’s proceeding as we wish now, only 10 months later,” which has also cost him legal fees.

“Obviously it has set us back,” monetarily he said.

The building’s first floor will be for boaters and have washrooms, a laundry, convenience and marine stores.

The second floor will be the restaurant, and the third floor will be a screened-in patio for use during warmer months.

Delicata expects to hire a dozen full time staff and as many as 20 part-timers.

Though a menu still has to be worked out and a chef hired Delicata expects the restaurant to serve steak and seafood fare and the patio “pub style” food.

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