Towamencin Shopping Village at Forty Foot and Allentown road is poised to lose yet another established business.
Via Marconi Pizza Pub and Sports Bar is one step closer to moving to its own pad site at the new Hatfield Pointe Shopping Center less than a mile up Forty Foot Road in Hatfield Township.
On Wednesday night, Hatfield Township Commissioners unanimously approved a liquor license transfer from Towamencin, according to this article from The Reporter.
Owner Tom Vickerman presented plans to move his business to Hatfield last month, according to the article.
On March 14, commissioners held a liquor license transfer hearing, as required by law and the state Liquor Control Board.
According to the article, the commissioners voted to table formal approval for two weeks.
Vickerman told The Reporter writer Dan Sokil that the new restaurant will have outdoor seating.
Vickerman was quoted in The Reporter that formal plans for a mall-type shopping center at the site have already been submitted by the Clemens Family Corp., which owns Hatfield Pointe.
While the transfer was a major hurdle, Vickerman still has to receive final approval from the state LCB.
“I’ll send the rest of the stuff into the LCB within the next 20 days to 30 days, but that’s more or less a formality at this point, knock on wood,” he said in the article.
If all goes well, the new restaurant will open between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1, and the Towamencin one will close.
Via Marconi has been located at Towamencin Village for about 20 years. Vickerman said he has owned the facility for five years. Previous owners were Teddy and Dominic Guarna under Guarna Enterprises.