Shake Shack and Panera Bread plan drive-thru restaurants at Rosedale Center – Twin Cities

Shake Shack and Panera Bread plan to build stand-alone restaurants with drive-thru lanes at the Rosedale Center in Roseville.

Real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle submitted plans to the city for the construction of fast food restaurants in the mall’s southeast parking lot across from the AMC Rosedale 14 Theater. The restaurants would operate under a ground lease, according to the planning documents.

The restaurants, if approved by city officials, would join other buildings that have been built around Rosedale’s underutilized parking lots in recent years – and complete a planned $200 million transformational expansion to transform the mall into an urban-style mixed-use regional centre.

Plans are underway for a Shake Shack restaurant – with two lanes of drive-thru ordering – to be built in the southeast parking lot of the Rosedale Center. (Courtesy of the Town of Roseville)

In late 2019, Rosedale announced concept plans for an expansion on the south side—including market-priced apartments and other housing, a hotel, and a grocery store—of the mall located off Minnesota’s 36 and Fairview Avenue. Last August, crews demolished part of the old Herberger department store to make way for new developments.

DRIVE ACCESS

According to plans, Shake Shack and Panera Bread would each have two lanes of steering wheel controls and an outdoor patio. They would share 69 parking spaces, with additional parking available south and west of the restaurants in the mall lot.

A fast food restaurant is a permitted use in the mixed-use neighborhood, however, a drive-thru requires conditional use approval under city code. The city’s planning commission is due to review both applications Wednesday evening.

New York-based Shake Shack opened its first drive-thru last month in Maple Grove, featuring a two-way ordering system and a separate pick-up window. The American fast-casual restaurant chain has two other locations in Minnesota – a stand-alone building at Southdale Mall and a walk-in inside the Mall of America in Bloomington.

Panera Bread currently has a location on the north side of the Rosedale Center in the Main Street-like row of shops. Panera’s new location would have a traditional check-in lane and a second lane specifically for orders placed online or through its mobile app. Customers would then merge into a single lane when approaching the drive-thru window to pick up their order.

WORK TO BE DONE IN PHASES

Rosedale officials said the mall’s redevelopment will be done in phases and the plan aligns closely with the city’s overall plan. Mall officials are also working with city staff to obtain a conditional use permit for new housing, which, in addition to market pricing, could include units for seniors or working people.

Meanwhile, Woodbury-based Kowalski’s Markets signed a long-term lease in 2020 for an approximately 30,000 square foot store to be built on the mall’s south side.

On the west side of the mall, construction is nearly complete on two buildings off Fairview Avenue. Raising Cane will occupy one, while Aspen Dental and Visionworks will make up the other. Caribou Coffee and PNC Bank recently opened in a third building.

Rosedale, which opened in 1969 as one of the Twin Cities’ famous “Dales” malls, says it attracts more than 14 million visitors a year. It is Roseville’s largest employer and taxpayer, paying nearly $5 million in property taxes annually. The mall reports that it generates more than $12 million in sales taxes on estimated annual sales of $160 million.

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