New restaurant to open in Edgerton
EDGERTON -- Once a gas station and repair shop, then the Edgerton ambulance building, the structure at 1000 Main St., Edgerton, will be getting a new life as The End Zone, a sports-themed restaurant featuring pizzas, burgers and fried foods.
The business will be a partnership between Kyle Landin and his father, Scott Landin -- owner of the Edgerton Bakery -- as well as Scott's brother-in-law, Erwin Kooiman.
The new restaurant will be an expansion of a project that started when the bakery began making pizzas after the Edgerton Pizza Ranch burned down in February. After perfecting the pizza recipe, Kyle is confident the product will continue to be well received by customers.
"I believe that we have pizzas that are different than the Pizza Ranch, and I think I've got it to where it's a consistent product," he said.
Ross Brands, Edgerton's city clerk and treasurer as well as an economic advisor, noticed the efforts of Kyle and others at the Edgerton Bakery. He talked to them about turning their new side business into a full-fledged restaurant.
"I approached them as the EDA director and city clerk," Brands explained. "After the Pizza Ranch burned, they stepped up and started making pizzas out of the bakery. I commended them on that and asked if they thought of making it into a restaurant."
Kyle had looked into opening a restaurant in Edgerton before, and Brands' suggestion prompted him to again started thinking about the idea.
The restaurant's name is a reference to the family's love of sports and the city of Edgerton's athletics successes.
"We're pretty big football and sports fans and thought it would be neat to tie in the local sports atmosphere," Kyle said. "We have several state winning teams. We'll center it around local sports and have Minnesota sports, too -- the Twins, Vikings, Wild and Timberwolves."
The End Zone will have a family atmosphere, and Kyle said the hope is to fill a void left after the Pizza Ranch was destroyed.
"We want it to be a fun, relaxing place for a family to come, and we're going to have space for a meeting room so over lunch hours and stuff, people can have meetings here," he said.
The menu will include pizza, assorted hamburgers and a variety of fried foods such as french fries, onion rings and mozzarella balls. There are also plans to apply for a liquor license in the future to serve beer and wine. If approved, it would be the only liquor license in the city -- the last was issued to Mill Street Lanes, which was voided when the business closed in March.
To help Kyle, Scott and Kooiman purchase the building, the city of Edgerton approved on June 17 a forgivable 10-year loan, provided the buyers open a restaurant as planned. The city has approved similar loans in the past, but this will be the first such loan approved for a commercial property.
"The city is the financier of the building, and they will owe no payments as long as it's a restaurant," Brands explained. "If they are only in operation for a year and then close the doors, they will be responsible for the loan."
Turning the ambulance building into a restaurant will be a big project and require extensive renovations -- the majority of which the trio will do themselves.
"We're basically going to tear it down to the shell and redo the whole floor plan," Kyle said. "My uncle has 20 years of construction experience, and I have several years of experience, so we'll be doing a lot of it."
As a representative of the city, Brands said Edgerton is looking forward to the new restaurant.
"Scott, Kyle and Erwin, they are all really excited, and I'm glad for them, and the city is glad to cooperate with them moving forward," he added.
Renovations on the old ambulance building are expected to begin next week, and Kyle said the restaurant could be open as soon as this fall.
"We're excited to get this process going and to serve the Edgerton area," Kyle said.
Daily Globe Reporter Alyson Buschena may be reached at 376-7322.