House of Pizza plans to expand

JOHNSTOWN – A local restaurant in town is doing well and plans to expand by more than 1,300 square feet to accommodate about 30 more customers and private parties, its owner said Wednesday.

The House of Pizza, at 219 Fifth Ave. Ext., is adding a 744-square-foot dining room and 576-square-foot covered patio to the east side of the building.

The project’s site plan is being reviewed by the town Planning Board.

Owner Konstantivos Avgerakis of Gloversville said Wednesday he will hire more employees for the expanded restaurant, but he didn’t want to get into figures.

“We found there are more customers who are asking for private parties,” the restaurateur said.

Avgerakis said the “response has been very good” over many years to the service and cuisine at House of Pizza. He said the addition will increase dining for his restaurant from about 180 to 210 customers.

The Fulton County Planning Board on Tuesday at the Fort Johnstown Annex reviewed the House of Pizza site plan and expansion, voting to formally remain “neutral,” seeing no regional impact for the project. The board had to conduct a state-required General Municipal Law review because of the project’s proximity to a highway, in this case Route 30A.

County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty told the board there is already plenty of parking for the restaurant. He said House of Pizza does “quite a bit” of business and has 67 of its own parking spaces. That lot is bordered by a much larger lot that services many customers for both Hannaford supermarket and Walmart.

“It’s going to be kind of a Mediterranean-style architecture,” he said of the addition.

Geraghty said an area variance for a side lot setback on the east side of the building also may be needed from the Johnstown Town Zoning Board of Appeals. He said because Avgerakis’ project is smaller than 4,000 square feet, it doesn’t require a state Environmental Quality Review permit.