Piada Italian Street Food is coming to Mayfield Heights; Chick-fil-A will add a second drive-thru lane
MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – Piada Italian Street Food will soon become another dining option on Mayfield Road when it is renovated and moved into the former Bruegger’s Bagels building across from Mayfield Heights City Hall.
City Council on Monday (February 14th) approved the preliminary site plan for the new Piada restaurant at 6075 Mayfield Road. The council also approved the parking of 25 cars at the site and the operation of a Piada drive-thru lane.
Piada Italian Street Food is a fast casual restaurant serving lunch and dinner. The nearest Piada now does business at Cedar Center North in South Euclid at 13947 Cedar Road. To take a look at Piada’s menu, visit here.
News of Piada’s preliminary site plan approval was one of the few involving Mayfield Heights businesses. At the same meeting, the board approved a second much-needed drive-thru lane for the Chick-fil-A restaurant, 6390 Mayfield Road, at the Golden Gate Mall. The current single-lane drive-thru at Chick-fil-A often extends around the building and into the restaurant’s main parking lot. Those who enter the queue spend considerable time waiting for their food.
“First of all, it’s a very long drive-thru,” Councilwoman Gayle Teresi said of the wait at Chick-fil-A. “You could be in that drive-thru for 20-40 minutes. It’s wonderful for the company, but holy cow, when you’re in the car, I want to jump the curb and drive away.
A Chick-fil-A representative told the council that the plan calls for adding more employees to service the second drive-thru lane. The second lane will be along the current lane (and what will be the inside lane). Chick-fil-A is instituting a nationwide change in which racers will bring food to cars to try to speed up the wait.
The representative noted, however, that like all businesses across the country, the local Chick-fil-A is short of employees.
As Chick-fil-A’s long drive-thru lane just stretches into its own parking lot, Councilman Robert DeJohn asked Piada Rep. Jeffrey Lonchor of CESO Inc, of Columbus, if he There was a danger of traffic spilling onto Mayfield Road as drivers wait for their food in the Piada drive-thru lane. DeJohn noted that this is a frequent problem at the nearby McDonald’s, 6225 Mayfield Road, where work will soon begin to add a second drive-thru lane.
Lonchor said there was enough space to ‘stack’ the cars for four or four and a half cars before the cars had to wait on Mayfield Road. But, he said, a traffic study showed the piling would be enough space to keep cars in the Piada parking lot. Piada’s piling also received approval from the city’s Planning Commission.
“Interior construction will begin soon,” Mayor Anthony DiCicco said of Piada, “with a targeted opening date of early summer.” Piada will also offer, Lonchor said, outdoor dining on a patio in addition to indoor dining.
It’s a busy time for business in Mayfield Heights, as DiCicco, during his mayor’s report at the start of the council meeting, said, “We have new businesses opening up in the city. Against All Odds opened on Landerhaven Drive. The company offers daycare and activities for adults.
“Handel’s Ice Cream will renovate and open at 1245 SOM Center Road in the Town Center Shopping Center,” he continued. “Primoz, a new take-out pizzeria, is looking at the (former) Pizza Hut at 5867 Mayfield Road. And Sheetz (gas station/convenience store/sandwich shop) plans are fully approved (on the site of the old Mayland shopping center near Mayfield Road) and they will start construction soon.
Mayland Mall redeveloper Larry Ottino was in the hearing when council on Monday approved a resolution declaring that the City of Mayfield Heights will provide financial incentives to help rebuild the once destroyed mall, now demolished .
DiCicco said the city could help in a number of ways, such as helping to pay for the large amount of infrastructure on the site, or supporting tax increment funding (TIF funding) for the project, or in other way Ottono might need. Although the resolution includes the $2 million figure in its wording, DiCicco said of the resolution, “It’s not about committing $2 million.
DiCicco said if financial aid is needed, the council will consider the amount requested and have the final say on what may or may not be spent. He said $2 million was just a figure mentioned by Ottono, which led to its inclusion in the resolution. When Councilman Susan Sabetta questioned the $2 million figure and whether that meant the city would commit to that amount, Teresi clarified the meaning of the resolution.
Teresi said she worked for a property developer and often times a city would help a developer when needed “to remove (a) degraded property and make (the) development a success. . I know first hand for a development that my company has made.
“So everyone complained about Mayland and the way it looked, and everyone sitting at this table (council dais) made all the comments about what our residents were saying about Mayland, and that could turn out to be a beautiful project and we must help, with what little help we can give. Something could be better than nothing to move it forward, so it’s just not a rundown or empty field, or a muddy field. That’s just my opinion. »
Ottono and his partners purchased 12.8 acres of the Mayland property, on the south side of Mayfield Road, just east of Mayfair Road and west of Lander Road, in 2019. The project, at the time, was estimated at $30 million, with plans calling for the construction of eight or nine new buildings, but no apartments.
In addition to Sheetz’s coming, Starbucks has already opened on the site, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in the spring, and work has begun on adding roads to the development.
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