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Former Cyprus Grove Restaurant to become office space

RINDGE — The former Cyprus Grove Restaurant and Lounge on Route 119 will soon be home to office space for Grason & Associates, LLC, which specializes in earpieces for the medical, safety and telecommunications industries.

Rufus Leroy Grason of Rindge, owner of Grason & Associates, appeared before the Rindge Planning Board on Jan. 15 for a minor site plan review to change the use of the building at 1134 N.H. Route 119 from a restaurant to office, research and development space.

The Planning Board unanimously approved Grason’s application, noting their support for the change in use. Board members agreed that traffic counts, solid waste disposal and the foreseeable use of town resources at the office space would be far less than that of a restaurant.

For more than 40 years, the Eleftheriou family owned and operated Cyprus Grove Restaurant on Route 119 in Rindge. The property was sold to Grason at an auction held at the former restaurant on Nov. 8. Prior to opening Cyprus Grove Restaurant, the Eleftheriou family operated under the name Pine Point Restaurant in East Rindge.

At last week’s public hearing with the Planning Board, Grason said the site he purchased on Route 119 has a long and important history as a restaurant, but that his plans for the site are vastly different. Grason & Associates produce specialty products and parts that couple acoustic transducers to the ear, including telecommunication headsets and earplugs for hearing conservation as well as for hearing measurement.

“We manufacturer parts and pieces that fit the ear. ...These are used everywhere in the world,” Grason said. “If you ever had a child’s hearing tested, then it was probably done using one of our pieces.”

The company’s manufacturing headquarters is in Fitchburg, Mass., and will remain there, he said. The new office space in Rindge will meet the company’s design, marketing, accounting and order fulfillment needs, and will not be where Grason & Associates employees mold and manufacture the earpieces, Grason said.

Grason & Associates’ website states that the company is based in Rindge, but when asked on Monday an employee who answered the phone would not disclose the office’s current address. Grason was unavailable for comment.

Grason proposed no new construction for the site, but proposed a couple of aesthetic and other minor changes to the building, which the Planning Board approved. Walk-in coolers will be removed, existing fencing that serves as a buffer for the dumpsters are to be shortened and lighting is to be downcast in order to reduce its impact, Grason said. New landscaping will be added to the east and west of the existing driveways.

Hours of operation are tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but Grason said it will primarily be employees using the space. “We’ll maybe get 20 visitors a year,” he said.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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