Del Ray Pizzeria Receives Permit to Increase Seating

Restaurant was put on form of probation for two months to prove it could come into compliance with its existing permit.

More than two months after the Alexandria Planning Commission , City Council approved an increase in seating at the restaurant on Saturday.

The pizzeria is now permitted for 72 indoor seats, 20 outdoor seats and an upstairs special event room with 30 seats that will be available on weekends on a reservation basis.

An annual review of the restaurant in December revealed that and other violations, including some involving trash and deliveries.

The seating violation was the result of some miscommunication that occurred when a partial ownership change happened shortly after the pizzeria opened. One of the new owners overseeing day-to-day operations of the restaurant thought the seating could be increased as long as the number stayed within the fire code. The owners immediately applied for an updated permit to allow the new seating.   

In April, planning commissioners opted to defer the pizzeria’s request to increase its seating for two months so the restaurant could show compliance with its permit before considering amending it. The restaurant was ordered to reduce its seating roughly 56 seats during the probation period.

Del Ray Pizzeria co-owner Erik Dorn apologized to council on Saturday for the violations that occurred. Dorn and attorney Duncan Blair told council that restaurant staff had put in place procedures to assure permit violations will not occur anymore.

The new dining room for special events was approved on conditions it could be used only on a reservation basis, its availability is limited to weekends, that patrons of the room utilize 10 off-street parking spots and that the room and its seating never be used as overflow for the restaurant.

Blair said there is “a cry in the community” for rooms at restaurants that can accommodate children’s birthday parties and events for youth sports teams since venues like Generous George’s closed.

Ken Stevens June 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
And how old are you? 12?
Rob W June 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I'm 47 Ken. How old are you?
SYSM June 19, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Pretty amazing that a simple issue such as a pizzeria adding a few more seats becomes so contentious. Just goes to show that we have some real problems with the state of civic life in Alexandria today...
Pete June 20, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Rob's absolutely right that many people who've arrived in Del Ray in the recent past like to think of themselves as urban pioneers. He's also right that Del Ray 15 or 20 years ago wasn't exactly the South Bronx, as many seem to like to believe. And he and others are even right that DRP isn't really that good. But what of it? People moved here over the years because they liked what they saw, found it affordable (at one time, anyhow), and enjoyed the feel of the neighborhood. Again, I've been here 20 years and previously lived in a number of other states and cities. But I can assure Rob that I'm no less a local "from here" than he or anyone else is. Lighten up.
Patrick Smith June 20, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Monterey Pizza ftw


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