SWAN CLUB SEEKS VILLAGE APPROVAL TO OPERATE AS A FULL SERVICE RESTAURANT
October 13 -- The Swan Club, the catering hall at the corner of Glenwood Road and Scudders Lane in Glenwood Landing is seeking permission from the Roslyn Harbor Village Board to operate as a full service restaurant. Mr. Gregory Trunz, the Swan Club's owner, first made the request at the August 6 Village Board meeting and then followed up with a letter to the Mayor and trustees.
Although the Swan Club property straddles the line between Roslyn Harbor and Glenwood Landing, legislation passed by the Roslyn Harbor Board in 1992 limits the business's operations to catering. That year, in response to complaints from local residents regarding illegal parking on Glenwood Road, the catering hall sought permission from the village to create a parking area that was on the Roslyn Harbor side of its property. The permission was granted through the enactment of a local law that states, "the Board of Trustees may permit . . . accessory off-street parking on property located within the Village . . . when such Out Parcel [part of property located outside of Roslyn Harbor] has as its only use the operation of a catering facility."
In his August 6 statement to the Village Board, Mr. Trunz stated that operating a catering hall in the current economic conditions was difficult and that offering an ala carte menu to restaurant goers, in addition to the catering, would help support a more acceptable level of profitability. Mr. Trunz is seeking permission from the Board to serve dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm Tuesday through Sunday, and on holiday Mondays.
At the October 8 Village Board meeting, the trustees and mayor discussed Mr. Trunz's request. Trustee Susan Quentzel seemed to be the most supportive of his position, stating that the business is a local landmark, and that it was in the community's interest to have it do well. While the other trustees and Mayor David Mandell agreed, they expressed concerns over whether the Swan Club had enough parking to accommodate a restaurant crowd and catering events on the same night. More information, they said, was needed before making a decision - in particular, the number of parking spaces relative to the number of tables. The five board members then agreed that they would, as a group, go out to lunch at the Swan Club to get a better idea of Mr. Trunz's proposal.