Andover's planning office deals with a specific telephone question every week.
"Those callers want to know if there's an opening downtown anywhere for a restaurant. We get those calls at least once a week," said planner Lisa Schwarz. "I'm not sure why, but people are always calling about that."
Soon, Schwarz will be able to answer that question with "Salvatore's Restaurant has been added."
With town-approved permits filed, work on the new restaurant's kitchen at 34 Park St. has started, Schwarz said. Construction company trucks can be seen in the parking lot. The retail space formerly housed The Rugged Bear for 12 years before it closed in March 2011.
Salvatore's Restaurant is expected to open in the fall, according to the restaurant management company.
The arrival of Salvatore's is not the only change Andover will see this year.
Another restaurant has just opened on Essex Street. Local restaurateur Spiro Pappadopoulos, who owns Evenfall in Haverhill, has opened a burger and wings place called Sauce.
Opened for a month, business is good, said a worker.
"We are very busy," said Rachel Cohen, noting that the buffalo wings are a top seller.
For a sweet ending, Andover will soon have a downtown bakery. A well-known Lawrence pastry shop, Fisichelli's, is opening soon at 46 Main St., where Chic Consignment used to be. Owner Nina Fisichelli Gaffny has said she hopes to be open in mid-August.
That's three new food businesses in town, which sits just fine with Schwarz. There's also been talk of an Indian restaurant opening in Shawsheen Plaza.
"I think Andover is becoming a destination. And, I think that's great," Schwarz said.
She said many of the callers she hears from often want to know if there are any other downtown restaurants.