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Aliano’s has big plans in Batavia

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 6:49 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Aliano’s Ristorante, at 90 N. Island Ave., Batavia, is looking to expand into the space next door for a pick up and delivery area, as well as reconfigure its kitchen, officials said.

City Administrator Bill McGrath said the restaurant and building owners have applied for the city’s help with obtaining tax increment finance funding and possibly some grants to help with the work.

Tax increment financing is a development tool that uses property and sales tax to fund specific improvements.

“It lifts up the entire business district,” McGrath said of using TIF funds this way. “Some of this is a permanent investment in the building itself. So even if this restaurant is not there, the building there is more valuable because of the improvements. The combination of improvements will stay with the city for a long time.”

Aliano’s owners recently provided the paperwork requesting the city’s aid for approximately $100,000. McGrath said if officials are able to meet with them this week, go over bids and other items, the issue will be up for discussion at next week’s joint Committee of the Whole meeting, which is set for Tuesday. A portion of the plan also involves non-TIF money, but he does not have all the details yet, McGrath said.

“Depending on how complex it is, we’ll try to get the information to the committee and a memo on the website out on Friday,” McGrath said.

The kitchen reconfiguration includes installing a new grease trap to service the restaurant, McGrath said. Aliano’s manager Ashlee DiDonato said the current kitchen is too small, especially on weekends.

“We’re looking to have an Aliano’s Express next door, so people can come in, pick up and it would serve as a delivery section,” DiDonato said. “The front entry is so tiny, we get people waiting to be seated, people waiting to give their orders, people waiting to pick up their orders. This will get more space and more room in here for everybody.”

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