New Haven neighbors sue East Rock ice cream shop approval, citing concerns about liquor service

NEW HAVEN – A lawsuit is the latest development in an East Rock resident’s quest to open a soft serve ice cream shop at 829 Orange Street.

After the Appeals Board approved a usage variance to allow Elena’s on Orange to open with more seats than is currently allowed and with potential alcohol service, Elena Grewel appeared on the right track with her plans.

But late last month, John and Mary Lou DiPaola filed a complaint in New Haven Supreme Court seeking to overturn the consent. According to the complaint, the DiPaola family owns a property adjacent to the site.

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