Photo via Winsted's Online Property Database
Photo via Winsted's Online Property Database

WINSTED — After a short public hearing, the Planning and Zoning Committee approved a George Noujaim’s special use permit for 430 Main Street.
According to the town’s property database, the three-story building is listed as owned by Wendy and Mike Winsted, LLC. and was built in 1890.
The building is right next to Noujaim’s Bistro, which is located at 436 Main Street and opened several years ago.
At the meeting, which was held online on Zoom, Noujaim told the board that he plans on moving a wholesale food operation to the building.
“Half of the building would be used as a kitchen, storage, shipping, receiving, and refrigeration,” Noujaim’s said. “The other half of the building will be offices and a packing area. Our products will be distributed in New England and nationwide. The building will be USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] approved. Everything will fall under their requirements.”
Noujaim’s said that he expects to renovate both the inside and outside of the building, and he would also install signage similar to the one he has on the bistro.
Planning and Zoning Chairman George Closson questioned Noujaim on what he would do with the back outside of the building.
“I looked at it today and there are cars parked up against that back area,” Closson said.
Noujaim said that the cars will be removed.
“Right now it’s like a junkyard back there,” he said. “In my proposal, we have a walk-in cooler and a walk-in freezer along the side of the building on the outside. All the cars will be removed because we need access for our loading and unloading.”
“I think this is pretty exciting what you are doing in the town,” Closson told Noujaim. “Expanding your operations is very positive for you and everybody involved.”
No members of the public spoke at the meeting and the commission approved the special use permit unanimously.
According to the application, the building will include three apartments each on the second and third floors.
During the meeting, Noujaim did not say when work on the building would start or when it would be completed.