Shake Shack, Panera Bread given approvals to build drive-through restaurants at Rosedale Center

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Jan. 27—Shake Shack and Panera Bread have been given the OK by the Roseville City Council to build standalone restaurants with drive-through lanes at Rosedale Center.

A fast-food restaurant is a permitted use in the city's mixed-use district; however, a drive-through requires conditional-use approval under city code. The city council, on unanimous votes Monday, gave approvals to both restaurants, despite concerns from council members about safety for people crossing mall traffic to get to and from the parking lot and the AMC Rosedale 14 movie theater and adjacent mall businesses.

Real-estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle plans to build the restaurants in the mall's southeast parking lot across from the movie theater. Each restaurant will have two drive-through order lanes and an outdoor patio and share 69 parking spaces, with overflow parking available south and west of the restaurants in the mall's lot.

The developer was required to provide the city engineer updated traffic information focusing on the drive-throughs and vehicle stacking and circulation within the site and a mall ring road. A raised crosswalk with a "median refuge" will cross a four-lane ring road between the theater and restaurant and help to control vehicle speeds, Public Works Director Marc Culver said.

"It also highlights the fact that this is a crossing, not just visually but also physically," he said of the raised crosswalk. "We'll also work with Rosedale to make sure that the signs are as prominent as possible. And we'll talk, I don't know that we that we can demand them, but we'll talk about possibly doing a flasher in there as well."

New York City-based Shake Shack opened its first drive-through last month in Maple Grove, with a two-lane ordering system and a separate pick-up window. Panera Bread currently has a location on the north side of Rosedale Center, in the Main Street-like row of shops.

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