There has been a lot of work going on at the old Pizza man location at 6508 Cahill Avenue in Inver Grove Heights, located next to Cahill Diner. And recently, the glass walls were all covered to hide what was going on inside.
And now we know why:
A new restaurant is planned, and we should be excited for what’s about to come. The restaurant is owned by Top Restaurants LLC, which is doing business as 1.2.3. Pasta. The restaurant will feature pasta, pizza, flat bread and salad. The owner is Chef Luca Taretto, also a chef of La Grolla restaurant on Selby Avenue in St. Paul. La Grolla is an outstanding restaurant and if 1.2.3 Pasta is treated the same, this will be a fantastic addition to the IGH restaurant scene.
This was confirmed at the January 11, 2016 Inver Grove Heights city council meeting, when, in the public hearings portion of the meeting, the council considered approval of a liquor license application. This was outlined in the meeting minutes and readers can watch the council meeting discussing this via Town Square TV. Click on No. 6 under public hearings to get right to the part about the new restaurant, where Tettamanzi also makes an appearance and speaks with the council.
From the agenda:
A. CITY OF INVER GROVE HEIGHTS; Consider Approval of Liquor License Application at Top Restaurants, LLC, dba 1.2.3. Pasta, 6508 Cahill Avenue for On-Sale Wine and On-Sale 3.2 Malt Liquor License.
A malt liquor license is another name for “strong beer” so when approved it looks like this restaurant will serve both wine and beer. In the city council meeting there was confusion over the address of the location, as council woman Rosemary Piekarski-Krech indicated 6508 Cahill is not an official address (this was also discussed at the end of the meeting, where Piekarski-Krech was again adamant this was a non-existant address). However, Pizza Man operated under the address of 6508 Cahill when in business. Regardless of the correct or incorrect address, all we need to know is this restaurant will be located right next to Cahill Diner.
Rumors started circulating weeks ago that there was an Italian-themed restaurant planned. We now know what that restaurant will be and who is behind the restaurant. And now that we know what we know, we can’t wait for 1.2.3 Pasta to open. La Grolla in St. Paul is a fantastic restaurant and a good sign that 1.2.3 Pasta should be a great addition to the Inver Grove Heights restaurant scene. We shouldn’t expect the same restaurant, ambiance and food as La Grolla, but the ownership group has succeeded in the past and will work hard to succeed in IGH.