The owners of Bill's Pizza & Restaurant on Main Street are hoping to get an all-alcohol license and expand the bar area in the new year, but say the same family-friendly vibe will remain.
"We are still going to be a family place where moms bring their kids for dinner," said owner Georgios Vasilakeris. "We are just upscaling the bar."
He said the shop is waiting on building permits to enclose the 190-square-foot patio to expand the the restaurant's interior. A new circular bar will feature a separate menu and 16 beers on draft, he said.
The new lounge will have about 37 seats, according to the plans submitted to the selectmen's office.
Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. to consider the all-alcohol restaurant license application. The current beer and wine license will be returned if the new license is granted, according to the application.
In November 2009, the old Bill's Pizza building next to Town Hall was torn down and a new building completed in March 2010. During construction, the restaurant operated out of a mobile stand in the parking lot.
The 7,347-square-foot restaurant seats 98.
"We believe in changing things and giving customers something different," Vasilakeris said of the renovations. "We won't get bored, people won't get bored."
The other half of the restaurant will remain mostly the same, expect a fresh coat of paint and other small touches.
Vasilakeris said the patio out front only gets used when it's not too cold, or not too warm.
"It doesn't get used a lot," he said. "In the summertime no one sits out there."
Vasilakeris said he expects the work to start in January and be done by the end of the month. He said the restaurant will remain open.
The restaurant now features Keno. The hours of operations will stay the same after the renovations, Vasilakeris said.