NP officials place limits on two new drive-throughs

NP officials place limits on two new drive-throughs

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Two new drive-through restaurants planned at 1460 and 1480 Mineral Spring Ave. will be allowed to operate, but with limits.

Zoning Official Mike Carnevale said both Wendy’s and Providence Bagel will only be allowed to have customer entrances and exits on Mineral Spring Avenue, protecting side streets from intrusion. Last month’s decision went along with an earlier Planning Board recommendation.

Wendy’s, at 1460, will have to chain off a David Street entrance and keep it for emergency access only. Providence Bagel, at 1480, must keep a Spicer Street entrance for employee and garbage truck access only.

Due to its extended hours of 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Wendy’s will also be required to add video surveillance and signage warning customers not to play loud music or yell. The surveillance video will be used to get license plates of violators for potential further action.

Providence Bagel, when opened, will maintain hours of 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., meaning that restaurant wasn’t required to add video surveillance and signage, said Carnevale.

Carnevale said there were a number of concerns from residential neighbors of the two businesses that drive-through windows could cause a nuisance, especially when they’re trying to sleep. The town has dealt with similar complaints at nearby Taco Bell and other stores.

The owners of both the Providence Bagel and Wendy’s properties have been easy to work with and eager to comply with restrictions, according to the zoning official.