New Chinese Restaurant Nixed
Little Hong Kong plans turned down because of parking shortage
Plans for a Chinese takeout restaurant in part of the former Hobby Town USA spot in the Strongsville Plaza on Pearl Road have been turned down.
The Strongsville Planning Commission Thursday voted against a conditional use permit for Little Hong Kong to operate in 2,392 square feet in the former hobby store, 14785 Pearl Rd.
Parking is the issue. Officials said the restaurant is required to provide 517 parking spaces, but would only have access to 345, leaving a 172-space deficit.
They will be joined this fall by Old Carolina Barbecue, which is renovating part of the first floor of the former Bally's building for a restaurant.
Kolick said the city has made it clear that the only restaurant that could open in Strongsville Plaza would be a takeout-only operation.
Little Hong Kong sought seating for up to 24 dine-in customers.
Last summer, Kumo Japanese Buffet sought to take over the entire first floor of the former Bally's building for a huge Japanese-Chinese-American eatery, but was turned down because there were not enough parking spaces in the Strongsville Plaza lot.
Old Carolina was approved despite a parking deficiency because it is smaller than Kumo and did not require as many spaces.