Former Perfect Wife building eyed as event space

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MANCHESTER — The owner of the building that housed the Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, which closed in October 2018, told the town's Development Review Board last week that he intends to repurpose the property as a space focused on private events.

Bill Drunsic, who owns the three-acre property at 2594 Depot St., has asked the board to approve plans for a suite of improvements, including the replacement of the building's solarium with a covered roof, the installation of French doors that would open to a new flagstone or brick patio and the construction of a 12-foot-wide addition to accommodate a new stairwell and stage area.

Janet Hurley, the town's planning and zoning director, said Monday that the board may not issue a written decision on the matter for another "week or so."

In an interview following his appearance before the board, Drunsic said that Social House and Union Underground, two other local restaurants that he at least partly owns, receive "a lot of requests" for "special, private parties," which are difficult to accommodate without impacting the restaurants' normal operations.

The new space may either provide a chef or allow parties to retain their own chef for an event, said Drunsic, adding that "details" of the new concept "remain to be worked out."

Whether or not this concept comes to fruition — or if someone else were to buy the property, which he has owned since the 1990s — the overhaul of the building's solarium "has to happen," Drunsic said, "and it's desirable to do what we're doing on the front end."

At present, the solarium is not energy efficient and faces maintenance issues due to ice buildup in the winter, Drunsic told the board.

Contact Luke Nathan at lnathan@benningtonbanner.com.

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