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Italian Restaurant Coming to Bensalem

The owners of Sarappo's Pizza in Croydon are planning to build and open a second location, in Bensalem Township, by early next year.

The owners of Sarappo's Pizza in Croydon are planning to build and open a second location, in Bensalem Township, by early next year. Photo credit: Theresa Katalinas
The owners of Sarappo's Pizza in Croydon are planning to build and open a second location, in Bensalem Township, by early next year. Photo credit: Theresa Katalinas
A family-owned eatery specializing in "authentic Italian" food is expected to open in Bensalem Township by spring.

On Monday night, the Bensalem Township Council granted preliminary and final land development approval to the owner of Sarappo's Pizza in Croydon, for what will be the family business' second location. Councilman Joseph Knowles, saying that the applicant was a "past client," recused himself from the discussion and subsequent 4-0 vote.

Joseph Sarappo III said he and his son, Joseph Sarappo IV, expect to open their new 3,232-square-foot, one-story restaurant at 4028 Bristol Pike by spring. 

The BYOB restaurant will offer "authentic Italian" and "everything made from scratch," the elder Sarappo told Patch after the council meeting. 

He said a company in Georgia is constructing the building. It will be moved up in sections, Sarappo III said. 

The family's attorney, Christopher Steward, told the governing body that the business would be situated on a roughly three-quarter of an acre vacant lot at the northwest corner of Totem Road and Bristol Pike. 

Bensalem's zoning hearing board set a maximum 60-seat capacity as a condition previously, Steward said. 
Mr B. December 03, 2013 at 10:35 AM
BTW...Whats wrong with local contractors? Why from Georgia?This restaurant wants our business, but won't give locals their business. Shame on all of you involved. Bensalem is slowly being destroyed by it's government and the cronies who rub elbows with them. Paradise is surely being lost in this once fine town.
Kevin Brutschea December 03, 2013 at 11:56 AM
I believe this will have a negative affect on traffic there, and a negative affect on Dom's Seafood and the Tide Water cafe on Totem Rd. I didn't know about the project in time to speak out, but is there anyone out there who feels the same way as I do?
James Key December 03, 2013 at 12:12 PM
With regards to Kevin B.'s comment: Traffic is already a problem at this intersection. This will only add to it. (I see a traffic signal in the future). I believe Dom's Seafood will continue to do well as they have a specific enough food item and clientele. I have never heard of the "Tide Water Cafe" and a google search came up blank. But if they are a bar kind of place, they should be fine too as they will have a liquor license.

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