On Tuesday, April 5, the Inver Grove Heights planning commission unanimously approved a parking variance to help 1.2.3. Pasta move forward pending final city council approval at its next meeting on April 11, 2016.
This article previously discussed how parking and permit issues delayed the opening of the new Italian restaurant. However, the Planning Commission discussed the parking situation in-depth in the meeting last night and approved a variance approving the current parking spaces as being adequate. The building at 6500 Cahill Avenue is home to Napa Auto Parts, Cahill Diner and soon, 1.2.3. Pasta.
“All three tenants have different peak times, allowing parking spaces to be available throughout the day for individual customers for all three businesses,” said Heather Botten, Associate Planner for the City of Inver Grove Heights.
Cahill Diner would be busiest during breakfast and lunch hours and 1.2.3. Pasta would be busiest during lunch and dinner hours, when Cahill Diner is closed. In addition, it was deemed the number of parking spaces for Napa Auto may be greater than the need based on the steady flow of traffic throughout the day, versus specific “rush” periods. Therefore, essentially, all three businesses would share parking spaces, but because peak times differed for each business, it wasn’t deemed that parking concerns would be an issue.
With that, plans for the 40 seat restaurant appear to be moving forward, assuming the City council approves the variance on April 11 and permits to complete the work will be issued.
“We are basically going to be lunch and dinner, so I don’t see too much of an issue,” she said, referring to the parking situation.
In addition Robert Lunieski, owner of the property at 6500 Cahill, attended the meeting and said this about Antonio Tettamanzi, co-owner of the new restaurant and the potential addition of 1.2.3. Pasta:
“This is a good restauranteur,” Lunieski said. “Inver Grove Heights is lucky to get this guy. This market is a little soft on Cahill, there is a lot of vacancies there. This is an opportunity to put in something that is not fast food. I think this will be a nice addition to Inver Grove Heights. This guys has a very good reputation as a chef. You’re going to have a nice restaurant there.”
So while it’s not yet officially official, it’s just a matter of time before 1.2.3. Pasta opens in Inver Grove Heights.
Watch the discussion from the April 5 meeting in this video from Town Square Television.