A Domino’s Pizza that will offer customers the chance to call ahead and pick up their pizza at a drive-up window is taking over a vacant former bank branch on Main Street in Amherst across from the University at Buffalo South Campus.
Benderson Development Co. is renovating a former First Federal Bank at 3608 Main St., just east of Springville Avenue, on behalf of Domino’s. The building, which sits between the Speaker Shop and Dunkin’ Donuts, has sat vacant for 15 years, according to a document filed by the developer with the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
Benderson sought permission to use the existing drive-up, pick-up teller window as a drive-through for call-ahead customers to get their food while remaining in their cars. The company won’t install an outdoor order board or speaker. Traffic will enter the lot from Springville and exit onto Main Street.
Domino’s plans to lease 1,700 square feet of the first floor of the two-story, 5,245-square-foot building. Benderson will turn over the building to Domino’s in about one month and the tenant has another month of work before the restaurant can open.
The proposed restaurant at 3608 Main required a special use permit because it’s in a traditional neighborhood business district, which sets limits on drive-throughs, Recoon said.
The Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday night voted 3-0 to grant the temporary use permit for the drive-through, but only for one year and not for the two years sought by the developer.