The city of West Saint Paul made headlines this week when it was announced that the city council approved Minnesota’s first co-branded Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins store.
This was first reported by legendary Pioneer Press reporter Nick Ferraro, who also wrote about the new restaurant in this article: “The West St. Paul City Council on Monday unanimously approved plans by Saman RE Holdings to redevelop a South Robert Street site that was home to JT’s Hamburgers, which closed in November, and Suburban Ace Hardware, which closed in 2011. The hamburger joint, which dates to the 1950s, will be demolished, as will about 3,000 square feet of the former hardware store.”
Many Inver Grove Heights, West Saint Paul and South Saint Paul residents are now extremely excited for the addition of a combination restaurant featuring mediocre coffee, unhealthy food, ice cream and cake.
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And while that’s big news on Robert Street, and in the local retail and restaurant scene, that wasn’t all West Saint Paul decision makers have been discussing lately.
In fact, there are all sorts of rumors flying around about what’s coming and what’s going where in West Saint Paul. Below, we clear up some of those rumors, and provide some information and details on what could be coming to West Saint Paul (nothing is final) and what isn’t coming – at least for now:
Denny’s restaurant to possibly open in the old Buffalo Wild Wings location: One person close to the situation told Eat IGH that a Denny’s restaurant coming to West Saint Paul, and opening in the old Buffalo Wild Wings location was “at this point, more than a possibility, but not final yet.” Another person said the proposed plans for the Denny’s WSP location are currently reviewing by WSP decision makers right now.
Qdoba Mexican Grill to Robert Street?: Another Mexican restaurant may also be coming to Robert Street. WSP city officials are currently also reviewing plans for a Qdoba Mexican Grill to open in the Town Center II phase of the Robert Street redevelopment project. Right now, this is not final, but being reviewed and analyzed.
Raising Cane’s: It’s been rumored that Raising Cane’s is coming to Robert Street – and plans for the Raising Cane’s are also being reviewed. Expect the final plans for Raising Cane’s to be approved in the near future.
Hy-Vee grocery store not coming anytime soon: Hy-Vee is not opening in the old Kmart location in the Signal Hills area. Put an end to that rumor, as multiple sources in WSP have said that is not going to happen. This doesn’t mean Hy-Vee is never coming to West Saint Paul. These things take time, and Hy-Vee is doing their due diligence, assessing the market and real estate, and working on other store openings at this time (such as Cottage Grove, locally). Real estate teams for these companies area always assessing the market and areas where to expand. It’s not happening in West Saint Paul, now, likely won’t for a while, but doesn’t mean it will never happen. Be patient, said one city official.
There’s a lot going on in West Saint Paul and on Robert Street. But in real estate and restaurant development, nothing is final, until it’s final. And right now the only thing that is final is the addition of a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins store.
The rest – rumors, or reality? Time will tell.