The owners of Mangia Neapolitan Pizzeria hope to open their latest restaurant in Medfield this summer.
Owner Steve Fenerjian was before the Zoning Board of Appeals this week seeking a special permit to convert the former Park Street Books into a pizzeria and self-serve frozen yogurt restaurant with outdoor seating.
Fenerjian described the chain, based in Sharon, as a "gourmet, health-driven pizza chain" with 12 stores throughout New England and Rhode Island.
According to www.eatmangiapizza.com, their Massachusetts restaurants are in Boston, Canton, Cohasset, Holliston, Hopkinton, Norton, Sharon, Wenham, plus a shop in Barrington, Rhode Island.
Medfield will be the first in the chain to offer self-serve frozen yogurt.
"We're introducing a new concept that we're bringing to the chain which is the new yogurt craze that is sweeping across the nation now," Fenerjian said. "This will be the first [Mangia] store to have it and we'll introduce it to the other stores over the next 12 months."
The yogurt business -- which will eventually have its own name -- will consist of a bank of five self-serve yogurt machines as well as an extensive toppings station where you can "make your own." The yogurt will then be weighed by a cashier, also known as "weigh and pay."
Mangia also plans to have outdoor seating from May to October, but said that approximately 70 percent of their business is take-out.
They plan to be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., staying open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.