NORTH ADAMS — Ilyas Ozdemir hopes to expand his reach in the city's pizza market.
Ozdemir, who already operates Pizza Works on Ashland Street, has applied for the planning board's permission to open a new pizza restaurant at 117 Main Street, adjacent to Moulton's Spectacle Shop.
The building, owned by Mark Moulton and Robert Moulton, Jr., was previously occupied by Supreme Pizza, which was shut down by city health inspectors in April and never reopened.
Rather than see a competitor move into a space that has now been vacant for more than four months, Ozdemir decided to take over the space himself, he told The Eagle in a brief interview on Friday.
Ozdemir will continue to operate Pizza Works, he said, noting its proximity to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus.
Although there is no name listed in the application to the city, Ozdemir said he plans to name the restaurant "Bella Roma."
Under the proposal, there would be no structural changes to the interior of the restaurant, but there would be painting, floor repairs, and cleaning done. The signage layout would stay the same but with a different name.
The operations of the business would "remain consistent" with its predecessor and include delivery service, Ozdemir wrote in his application.
The application will be heard by the planning board at its meeting on September 12.
The large restaurant, which wraps around the corner of Eagle Street and Main Street, has been unused since it was shut down in April after a city inspection found a number of violations, including chicken being stored at about 21 degrees Fahrenheit and coolers that were unable to maintain temperature.
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