Raising the Bar with Carbone's Pizza

THE TENANT

The managers of a Carbone's Pizzeria in Eagan, Minnesota, John and Nicole Wilkus, wanted to open a franchise of their own, but one that departed from the standard template by including a full-service bar. For that, they needed a landlord who would take a chance on something new.

They found the perfect location at our brand new Lakeville Crossing shopping center. And they found the perfect partner in Paster.

THE SITUATION

Sharing John and Nicole's vision for a next-generation Carbone's, we built to suit at the same time we completed work on the center itself.

The public loved it, so much so that within two years John and Nicole came back to us with a request for an additional 1,300 square feet, followed by a proposal three years later for another 2,250 square-foot addition that would separate the bar and restaurant to promote a more family-friendly dining experience.

The Wilkuses weren't done, though – and neither were we. Paster partnered with them a few years later to add a 75-seat patio. But this time there was a crucial complication: the city's stringent permitting rules, which required a separate application process for outdoor dining, complete with detailed designs to be presented before the City Council.

Fortunately, our tenants had Paster's VP of Development and Construction, Ken Henk, on their side. Leveraging years of experience in working with area cities and townships, he put together a plan and presented it to the Lakeville City Council. Several submittals and redesigns later, approval came through.

THE RESULT

Carbone's guests enjoy one heckuva patio. In addition to a styled brick wall, fireplace, flat-screen TV and a decorative gas fire pit, the fully landscaped outdoor dining facility boasts large sliding glass doors that open to the main dining area. And then there's the heated roof that extends over half the patio, enabling guests to dine al fresco earlier in the spring and later in the fall.

Even more impressive: The crowds that fill the new space. In fact, since the patio's completion, John and Nicole have expanded their workforce to 80. The Wilkuses are proud of the business they've built – and so is Paster.