The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a motion Wednesday night to award a Common Victualer's License to a local man looking to open Joey D's in the space formerly occupied by Hooked Seafood & Grill.
Prospective owner Joseph Costanzo, of Green Street, told board members he recently sold Luciana's Restaurant and Pizza on Highland Avenue in Salem and is looking to open a business on Pleasant Street that will offer fresh-caught seafood, Italian fare and pizza.
"I've been in the restaurant business for 30 plus years and I've owned my own restaurant since 1985," Costanzo said, "so I have many, many years of experience under my belt."
Although Costanzo didn't offer a guess at when Joey D's will be ready for customers, he did say he hopes to open before his application for a liquor license is approved.
The restaurant's hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.