LONG LAKE — A Carbone’s Pizzeria could open in Long Lake as soon as this spring.
The Long Lake City Council at its Dec. 18 meeting approved two variances and a conditional use permit, which allows Neil Heinen to move forward with opening the franchise pizza shop at 2069 Wayzata Blvd., the site of the Budget Printing building.
Heinen told the City Council he closes on the building at the end of January and then needs six to eight weeks for the buildout of the space, noting the store could open as early as April or May.
The pizza shop will be 3,800 square feet with the capacity to seat 88 people. It will have a party room and offer delivery and takeout. Heinen said he will be returning to the City Council to seek a liquor license so the restaurant can have a full bar and added he may also put in a patio, which would require approval from the City Council.
What did the City Council approve?
The variances and conditional use permit the City Council approved all deal with parking at the future restaurant. They are: a variance to the required front yard setback of 35 feet to allow for more parking at the restaurant; a variance to increase the allowed amount of off-site parking spaces within 300 feet; and a conditional use permit to allow for off-site parking within 300 feet.
The City Council approved the variances and conditional use permit with the caveat that Heinen enter into a legal agreement for the off-site spots, with Heinen noting he’s seeking a five-year lease agreement.
The pizza shop is required to have 44 parking spots, with Heinen planning to lease 30 parking spots at 1 Premier Drive. The building is located just south of the future pizza shop, fewer than 300 feet away.
During the meeting, City Council members expressed their excitement for the project, saying they like the preliminary plans for the store and believe it’s a great fit for Long Lake.
The Carbone’s Pizzeria will be the first building in Long Lake to be renovated based on the city’s new building standards.