The Board of Aldermen's Land Use Committee approved last week a special permit that would allow 20 outdoor seats at the new "2ovens" restaurant space located at 300 Needham St. in Newton Upper Falls.
The outdoor seating approval comes four months after the Board of Aldermen approved an initial special permit amendment that allows a 100-seat restaurant at the Needham Street location.
So, when will the new Bertucci's-owned restaurant open?
According to a recent email from Bertucci's Vice President of Development James Quackenbush, the Newton 2ovens is aiming to open sometime in late May.
The 90-seat eatery will feature two ovens in the center of the restaurant. The ovens, which are imported from Italy, will be the only tools used to cook food in the establishment.
There will be no microwaves or fryers, just the two ovens cooking food "right in front of you," Quackenbush told Newton Patch in an interview last year.
Although 2ovens is an offshoot of Bertucci's Italian Restaurant, the menu at the new venture will not be strictly Italian, Quackenbush said. Patrons will be able to choose from a variety of pizzas, roasted meats, fish and vegetables all cooked in one of the two ovens.
The first 2ovens restaurant opened in Shrewsbury late last year and, according to the 2ovens website, it is the only location at this time.
The full Board of Aldermen will vote on the 2ovens outdoor seating special permits at its meeting tonight, which will be held at 7:45 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber at City Hall.