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Live music to continue at Pizzetta restaurant

MYSTIC — Pizzetta on Water Street has been given approval to entertain diners with live music for the next six years.

In April 2013, it was granted permission on a trial basis as part of a special use permit approved by the Zoning Commission.

Last year’s trial was such a success that the commission not only approved it for this year, but members said they believed the issue need not be revisited until the year 2020.

“It went really smooth,” said Gary Hobert, general manager of the restaurant. “There weren’t many people that showed up, which was good. We tried to be very courteous to our neighbors with the music last year, and it showed.”

Hobert said he has spoken with residents in the area and is aware of their concerns.

More than 30 people attended last year’s meeting because Hobert’s request was groundbreaking. It marked the first time the commission permitted live music outside under specific conditions. The restaurant asked for, and received, approval to use its outside patio for live music from Memorial Day to Labor Day, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant was also allowed to play live music on two Tuesdays in the summer, to coincide with the Mystic Arts Center’s Art After Dark program.

The sentiment of making downtown a more attractive place to visit played a role in last year’s approval. That attitude has also been prevalent in many Groton Town Council discussions for the last several years.

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