Popular Inver Grove Heights restaurant to expand

B-52 Burgers & Brew is about to get a little bigger. The Bishop Heights restaurant came before the Inver Grove Heights City Council on Nov. 28 requesting a planned unit development amendment.

The business plans to add roughly 2,300 square feet of rooftop restaurant space. 

Right off the bat, Mayor George Tourville said many folks have asked: “What’s the problem?” and provided an explanation. Tourville said that in the area where the popular B-52 is located, all the buildings have to meet criteria for size and height, which is why the restaurant’s expansion plan needed a PUD amendment and city council approval.

Tom Link, community development director, said the seating capacity in the new space would allow for 100 patrons. This addition would remove the patio currently there, which has 40 seats. 

“The [net] addition for the seating is 60,” Link said. 

The restaurant is located to the south of Interstate 494 and east of Highway 52. The rooftop seating would be on the north side of the building away from the nearby Holiday Inn Express hotel. 

The extra seating requires an additional 20 parking spaces. B-52 already has a shared parking agreement with the hotel and AMC Inver Grove 16 movie theater.

“We’re comfortable that between the three properties there’s sufficient parking,” Link said. 

A traffic analysis projected an increase of 25 trips in the rush-hour period, Link said. The current road system is capable of handling the extra vehicles, Link said.  

Both planning staff and commission recommended approval of the PUD.

Council member Rosemary Piekarski Krech asked where the sign for overflow parking would be located.

Scott Mower, owner of Progressive Architecture, which designed the addition, said the sign for overflow parking would be at the entrance to the property.

Mower said the initial thought from the owner of B-52 was to not disturb the neighboring businesses, specifically the hotel. Because of this steps were taken in the design process to help reduce and block noise from the rooftop dining. 

Materials will match the existing building as much as possible. There is work that could be started this winter, with the hope to be open in time for the warm-weather season, Mower said.

The PUD was approved unanimously.




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