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Ramunto’s to Open 2nd Location in Claremont

Claremont — Ramunto’s plans to open a second location in Claremont in the former Verizon Wireless store 314 Washington St.

The building is undergoing renovations and should be ready by the middle of next month, said Desi Willey, of Windsor, who owns the building as well as the other Ramunto’s store at the corner of Water and Broad streets, which opened in 2006 in the former mill building.

“Things are coming along well,” Willey said, noting that by opening the Washington Street location, which is at the eastern end of the retail strip, he is hoping to attract shoppers.

“It kind of fills a void on Washington Street. This is to catch people shopping and give them another option,” he said.

There will be seating for 80, but there will be no wait service, bar or delivery and the menu will have fewer offerings than the Broad Street restaurant. Pizzas will be 10 inches and customers will move down a line to choose the toppings. The “flash fired’ cooking of the pizzas will take about 21/2 minutes.

“By the time you are finished paying, the pizza will be just about ready,” Willey said. “This is more quick-and-go, almost like a deli.”

There will also be sandwiches and salads available along with beer and wine for consumption in the restaurant.

Verizon vacated the space and moved to another location across from Wal-Mart earlier this year.

Company News

The Vermont Economic Development Authority has given final approval to King Arthur Flour Co. for up to $3.5 million in revenue bond financing to help fund the company’s second phase of a $4 million expansion plan.

King Arthur plans to construct a 23,900-square-foot building in Hartford’s Billings Farm Commercial Park to house the company’s food manufacturing operation, now located in leased space in the park.

Brown Brothers Harriman has committed to purchase the tax-exempt bond.

As part of the expansion, the space currently leased will continue to house the company’s warehouse and fulfillment center for its catalog and web-based sales.

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