Chanticlear Pizza plans to expand its presence in the retail center at Crooked Lake and Northdale boulevards, Coon Rapids.
It is proposing to move from its existing storefront at 11706 Crooked Lake Blvd. to the vacant gas station and convenience store in the shopping center and build a flagship Chanticlear Pizza store.
The partners in the Chanticlear Pizza restaurant, Raymond McManus, Dale Heille and Seth Mihelich from HMM, LLC, will also move into the Harvest African Market space which is adjacent to the gas station and convenience store, according to Vincent Vu, deputy city clerk/management analyst.
Harvest African Market has tentative plans to relocate to the existing Chanticlear space, Vu said.
HMM, LLC was before the Coon Rapids City Council Feb. 5 with an application for class A on-sale and Sunday liquor license as well as a tavern license for the new location.
The licenses were approved unanimously by the council, but they are contingent on HMM, LLC receiving approval from the Coon Rapids Planning Commission for a conditional use permit.
That request will be considered by the commission at its Thursday, March 20 meeting.
The permit is needed under city code because Chanticlear Pizza will occupy more than 25 percent of the building, according to Planner Scott Harlicker.
As part of its planned improvements, HMM, LLC will remove the existing gas pumps and underground storage tanks, Harlicker said.
But the amount of parking may be an issue for the commission, he said.
According to Vu, HMM, LLC is also applying for an optional 2 a.m. closing with the Minnesota Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division.
The HMM, LCC partners have passed Coon Rapids Police Department background checks and license and investigation fees have been paid, Vu told the council.
Besides the conditional use permit, approval of the liquor license is conditioned on a certificate of occupancy and Anoka County Environmental Services issuing a food service license.
HMM, LLC hopes to open the new flagship Chanticlear Pizza May 1, according to Vu.
According to City Clerk Cathy Sorensen, this is the 24th class A on-sale liquor license issued by the council.
There are no state limits on the number of on-sale liquor licenses a city can issue; there are for off-sale liquor licenses, Sorensen said.