Chanticlear Pizza gets approval for restaurant

Chanticlear Pizza has been given the green light by the Coon Rapids Planning Commission to open a restaurant in a retail center at Crooked Lake and Northdale boulevards, Coon Rapids.

The commission March 20 approved a conditional use permit for the restaurant, which will occupy 4,371 square feet of the center at 11706 Crooked Lake Blvd.

Earlier this year, HMM, LLC, partners in the Chanticlear Pizza project, received approval from the Coon Rapids City Council for a class A liquor license, Sunday liquor license and tavern license.

Chanticlear Pizza currently occupies a storefront in the retail center, but only for a take-out and delivery service. With the permit it will take over the space that was formerly home to a convenience store with retail gas sales.

The restaurant will include a full kitchen, bar area and seating for 109 customers. It will also continue to offer take-out and delivery service.

The conditional use permit was needed because Chanticlear Pizza will take up more than 25 percent of the floor area of the center, which is zoned for neighborhood commercial use, according to Planner Scott Harlicker. Restaurants using 25 percent or less would be a permitted use, but Chanticlear Pizza will occupy 33 percent of the center’s floor area, Harlicker said,.

The site plan includes 67 existing parking spaces, plus five additional parking spots, including four that will be added when the underground gas tanks are removed and another near the canopy, he said.

If additional parking becomes necessary, there is land available to the west end of the building, where about nine parking stalls could be installed, Harlicker told the commission.

According to Harlicker, the commission’s focus was on the plan for the canopy area when the gas pumps are removed, and when it was told that an outdoor patio area would be created for smokers, there was some concern about safety with traffic in that area.

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