January 25, 2022

Essex Zoning Commission approves Centerbrook pastry shop

ESSEX— The zoning commission has approved a special permit for a pastry shop in the small shopping plaza at 31-33 Main St. in the Centerbrook section. The panel approved the permit after a public hearing Monday.

William and Jacqueline Von Ahnen, residents of the Ivoryton section, will open the shop in a vacant space on the west side of the four-unit complex. The couple have worked previously at the Copper Beach Inn in Ivoryton and the now closed DuGlace Bistro restaurant in Deep River.

Joseph Budrow, zoning enforcement officer, said no one spoke in opposition to the pastry shop at Monday’s hearing. Joining the Von Ahnens at the hearing were representatives of JMB Properties LLC, the Cheshire partnership that owns the shopping plaza.

The commission imposed several conditions on the permit intended to limit on-site co0nsumption of food. The conditions include no tables and chairs, and no serving of prepared meals. Another condition requires that deliveries to the front of the shop be made after 2 p.m.

The new pastry shop is expected to open late next month or in March. The commission last October approved a permit for a cheese shop at the complex that opened in December. Other businesses at the plaza are a breakfast/lunch restaurant and a liquor store.