In a letter to the South End News on Sunday, Oct. 2, Evan Deluty, Stella chef and owner, and his business partner Kevin Sullivan, announced their decision to withdraw their proposal for a restaurant at 35. W Newton St.
"We have worked to meet the requests of the abutting neighbors," the two wrote in a letter to the neighborhood, "but have realized that despite offering concessions and proposing compromises, we will be unable to reach a consensus without deteriorating our own business plan and concept."
The letter comes several weeks after a contentious Sept. 13 Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association meeting in which residents expressed their concerns about the proposed restaurant. Concerns included a back patio that would sit close to abutters' residences, the restaurant's hours, their hope to acquire a full liquor license, and the noise generated by the outdoor patio, trash pick-up and deliveries.
This is the second proposal for a restaurant in the past several weeks that has been withdrawn by potential developers.
Just recently, Jay Hajj, owner of Mike's City Diner, and James P. Roberston, Jr. of Origen Property Management, proposed a residential-commerical venture at the current site of Hite Ratio and TV property, but residents were unhappy with the plan, citing concerns about noise and trash. The two withdrew their plans recently; a new developer is said to be interested in an all-residences project for the space.
Kevin Sullivan and Evan Deluty's letter, in full:
Dear South End Community:
We are withdrawing our proposed restaurant plan for 35 W. Newton Street. We would like to thank all of those who attended the neighborhood association meetings for their support, insight, and recommendations.
We have worked to meet the requests of the abutting neighbors, but have realized that despite offering concessions and proposing compromises, we will be unable to reach a consensus without deteriorating our own business plan and concept.
We are truly grateful to all of those who supported our proposed restaurant. We would also like to thank committee members from all of the South End Neighborhood Associations, who worked so hard to try and help us find common ground with those opposing the project. We recognize and appreciate the time and efforts devoted to help making this restaurant a reality.
Although this location will not host our new restaurant, we look forward to the opportunity to bring a new neighborhood-friendly eatery to South Ender's in the near future.