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Zoning Board Approves Rita's Application

A new water ice store is cleared for 500 West Chester Pike.

A new Rita's Water Ice is one step closer to coming to Havertown.

The Haverford zoning board approved a request for a special exception that would allow Ronald and Denise Calvy and Thomas and Ann Esposito, the lessees of 500 West Chester Pike, to bring in a fast food / take out restaurant, specifically a Rita's, to the location at its Thursday night meeting.

The four lessee did make some concessions to get their application approved, including withdrawing a request of off-site parking variances.

The zoning board voted unanimously in favor of the application, but included the following provisions:

  • An employee must be assigned to patrol the property for trash once the restaurant is in place
  • The owners must "take steps to monitor and report" and graffiti or mischief in the area of the store.
  • The owners must be vigilant and discourage parking in nearby permit-only parking zones.
  • The restaurant cannot stay open past 11 p.m. on any given night.
Claire L. December 07, 2012 at 03:39 PM
By the lack of comments, I can pretty much tell that no one is very excited. Rita's is an okay place, I guess, but this town should and can do so much better.
Michelle January 16, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Very excited for this new location ! I think it's going to be great
Kate Florio January 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I am very excited for the new Rita's. I know the other locations in the area are largely popular, so it is nice to have a new location that may be accessible for new and old customers. Go Rita's!
Nicole Pastore January 17, 2013 at 12:18 AM
YAY NEW RITA'S!!!! Its definitely going to be great!!!! Another great location to bring your whole family for a tasty treat!!!! Looking forward to this very much!!!!
Peng January 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM
I personally am a huge fan of Rita's. I love the whole atmosphere and service. This new Rita's will do great things for the Havertown community. It will have an accesible parking lot and I know that it will get a ton of business. The Calvy's and the Esposito's have done a great deal of success in the past so, I have all the faith in the world that they will continue to do so.
Pat January 17, 2013 at 01:00 AM
This new location will be very family friendly, add that with high quality food and you create a safe, fun and happy environment. I personally can not wait for the new arrival and I know my family and I will be making many stops!
Mary Kate January 17, 2013 at 05:00 PM
WOW! Another Rita's in our area! It doesn't get much better than that! Great family environment, great management, and great products! I'm SO excited!!!! This is the best news I have heard in a while!
Jim Mattioli January 18, 2013 at 11:20 PM
How did I not hear about a new Ritas?! What great news, it's now the closest Ritas to my house which things just a little bit easier for myself and my three children (who all can't seem to get enough of their favorite flavor Passion Fruit!). To the person above, you sound like you need more Misto's in your life
Rochell January 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM
By the abundance of comments (except for one) I can pretty much tell that everyone is very excited! I think that this location is great. My family and I live right near the new location so it is just a short walk away. This town can only benefit from this new Rita's !!! Ice . Custard. Happiness.

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