Crooked Pint passes neighborhood review

Neighbors scrutinize plans for 40th & Lyndale

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The Crooked Pint Ale House proposed for 40th & Lyndale has the blessing of the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association, albeit with a few concerns about parking, noise and operating hours.

The city’s second Crooked Pint location could bring bocce ball and a retractable roof to a former SuperAmerica station that has been vacant since 2006. The site was recently acquired by Paul Dzubnar, who owns Green Mill and a stake in Town Hall Brewery.

“Paul’s direction was to design the most cozy and comfortable neighborhood place you could imagine,” said designer Jim Smart.

Smart described the predominantly brick venue as reminiscent of an English pub. A glass roof and glass wall would separate and telescope back into the building, he said, opening up the dining area to the outdoors. Inside, the building would feature antique lighting, a dining counter and many booths.

Pending city approval, the restaurant would open by October.

According to the neighborhood group, Dzubnar must collect signatures from two-thirds of the affected residents in order to rezone the plat and install about 13 parking stalls on the site.

About 65 people packed a meeting in late April to hear about the plans. They raised questions about parking, as the restaurant would seat more than 100. They also raised concerns about noisy patrons leaving a venue that might operate until 1 a.m. The Neighborhood Association voted 7-1 to approve the project in early May.

“There are certainly issues to work out, but I am so pleased to see that a viable project has come to that corner,” said Matt Perry, who chaired a task force that spent several years evaluating development options at the corner. “It’s really been a blight for the balance of these years.”

While studying the corner, the 40th & Lyndale Task Force participated in a design charrette and sent surveys to 1,900 residents. The task force recommended a restaurant at the site, with a building facade that shapes the corner (rather than a parking lot, for example). Crooked Pint would meet those recommendations, although it wouldn’t satisfy every item on the task force’s wish list.

Dzubnar’s other restaurants are also expanding. Town Hall Tap is opening a bowling alley and restaurant at 5019 34th Ave. S., and Green Mill has expansion plans for Iowa and the Twin Cities suburbs.

“The whole idea with our portfolio is to be a neighbor,” Dzubnar said.