Plans are in the works for a new restaurant in Charleston's East End, and it's likely a familiar name to residents from other parts of West Virginia.
James Martin has applied to the city's Board of Zoning Appeals for an on-site parking variance to be able to open a Fox's Pizza Den outlet at 709 Ruffner Ave.
"I think it'd be great to have on the East End," he said.
The variance would also cover a proposed "personal services" establishment, which Martin said is planned to be a barbershop. Each business would have its own storefront and entrance.
The parking variance is needed because there is no off-street parking at the site. City zoning law requires off-street parking unless a variance is obtained.
The Fox's Pizza outlet would be carryout only, according to plans submitted to the Charleston Planning Department.
Martin said the idea to also create a barbershop came simply because there weren't many such businesses in the neighborhood. He said he's not sure what type of arrangement he would like to set up with a proprietor for the shop, but will be looking for such a person soon.
"We're wanting to maximize the space," he said. "We thought a barbershop would go well."
The first floor of the building is being prepped for construction and loan agreements for the venture are being finalized, Martin said. However, nothing can proceed until the parking variance is obtained.