The Barnstable Licensing Authority on Monday granted to Villa Noble LLC a license to open an upscale restaurant called The West End, at 20 Scudder Ave., the former location of The Paddock Restaurant.
With a total seating capacity of 233, the new restaurant is owned by Jen Villa, who also owns The Little Beach Gallery and co-founded The Local Juice at 539 South St. David Noble will serve as The West End’s manager and chef.
Attorney Bob Bianchi, representing Villa Noble, said The West End would offer an elegant atmosphere and fare, with $350,000 in renovations, custom furniture, a big garden and light jazz – “not clubby like The Paddock was.”
Elizabeth Wurfbain, executive director of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, said she supported the plans.
“Cape Cod Melody Tent and Main Street are very excited about this,” Wurfbain said. “They are raising the quality level [of restaurants] in Hyannis.”
Barnstable Police Lt. John Murphy said he was concerned about parking, traffic and congestion in the area, particularly around closing time at the Melody Tent.
“We have no intention of doubling up on Melody Tent nights,” Noble responded, adding that the restaurant would maintain its own parking lot and likely work with the Resort and Conference Center across the street to offer valet parking.