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Supermarket at former Sizzler site

After being vacant for years, plan for Metropolitan Avenue business

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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:30 am

A supermarket will be coming into the former Sizzler site at 100-27 Metropolitan Ave. at the end of the year after being vacant for more than four years.

According to a Department of Buildings spokesperson, an Alteration Type-1 application to renovate the site and change the use from an existing eating and drinking establishment to a supermarket was approved on May 30.

The building is zoned C1-3. The project does not require a zoning change because both eating and drinking establishments and supermarkets fall under Zoning Use Group 6, which is a conforming Use Group for C1-3 zoning.

Sizzler closed in 2015. Company spokesman Brad Ritter told the Chronicle then the restaurant shut its doors over high monthly rents.

When employees arrived that Monday morning June 1, they were surprised to learn that the restaurant had closed.

“It was so unexpected,” a Sizzler hostess told the Chronicle four years ago. “No one even knew. I went there because I still had a check to pick up and there were a few employees outside crying.”

Now the building will be busy again and Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio said, “We’re ecstatic that the store will be occupied.”

He noted that the landlord never shut the parking lot and that, “There was always some kind of issue.”

There were homeless people who would sleep in the doorway. Gulluscio said the precinct would become involved.

“We had Sanitation go and clean up the entrance because there was so much garbage there,” he said. “It just wasn’t right.”

Gulluscio is happy to see business is back and that neighborhood people have another place to go.

“It affected a lot of quality-of-life issues,” he said. “So I’m glad that something new and fresh and clean is going in there.”

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