There's lots cooking on the U.S. 52 North Frontage Road in northwest Rochester by the corner of 41st Street with one construction crew preparing a site for a new building and another one is re-vamping another empty fast food place right next to the other project.
The long-empty Burger King (and its overgrown grass) has been leveled to make way for a new commercial building. I've written about this project a few times and even my erudite co-worker, The Answer Man, mentioned it in a column this week.
InSite Real Estate, based in suburban Chicago, is creating a
7,500-square-foot commercial building on the site of the former restaurant at 4107 U.S. 52 North Frontage Road. InSite says 5,000 square feet of the building is already locked in by a future
tenant, Mattress Firm. Mattress Firm previously had a store in south
InSite bought that property from Dallas, Texas-based Z's American Properties for $655,000 in May. Z's American Properties originally bought the site in 1996 for more than $1 million. The firm also owned a Burger King building on South Broadway. It sold that to the University of Minnesota Rochester and demolished to clear the way for a future campus.
The plan is to make the move before the end of the year, but first he plans to revamp the building to fit Domino's new interactive "Pizza Theater" format. That means a welcoming and colorful setting with an open kitchen that puts the pizza makers on display and encourages customers to watch their pizzas being made. It flips the previous kitchen layout, which showed only the backs of Domino's cooks.