Central Park Commons & Pilot Knob Road Upgrades
The corner of Pilot Knob and Yankee Doodle has been bustling with excitement for some time now and buildings are starting to take shape. This 434,000 square foot area is called Central Park Commons, but there is nothing common about this development. Along with a medical facility and office space, Central Park Commons will be home to multiple retail establishments, new restaurants, a grocery store and more. The latest announcements include R Taco, a fast casual Dallas-based chain restaurant that has gained popularity in the Midwest and Café Zupas, a restaurant that focuses on creating house-made signature soups, fresh salads, savory sandwiches and decadent desserts. Sierra Trading Post is another exciting retail store that will be amping up CPC’s arsenal. This Wyoming-based company offers products in categories like outdoor recreation, fitness and adventure gear and apparel along with footwear, clothing and home decor. Lease negotiations are still happening with a number of potential tenants going through the application process. One thing we know for sure is that Central Park Commons will be another fantastic addition to Eagan and its hospitality industry. For the latest news and announcements about new retail and restaurants, CLICK HERE.
In other Central Park Commons neighborhood news, exciting upgrades will also be taking place along Pilot Knob Rd. (from 35E to Central Parkway) in May and running through November. Right turn lanes will be added along with a third southbound lane and new traffic lights. For complete details on the project, CLICK HERE.
April Foodie Fix
Flavorful and comforting Italian cuisine is what’s on the menu for this month’s Foodie Fix. Andiamo Italian Ristorante (1629 Lena Ct #100, Eagan) is all about fresh ingredients, authentic dishes and a relaxing atmosphere that will make you feel like you’re sitting in a gondola along the canals of Venice. Andiamo is owned and operated by Ramon Ruiz and his family. Ramon has been cooking for 30 plus years and finally decided to open up his own restaurant in 2011. Five successful years have gone by and Andiamo is known as one of the most unique and authentic Italian restaurants in the area. Start with their fresh breadsticks that come out piping hot with just a hint of garlic and then move on to an array of delicious entrees including Chicken Andiamo that is laying in a bed of lemon butter and roasted vegetables with fresh artichokes and prosciutto for that perfect saltiness. If pasta is your ultimate go-to when you’re craving Italian, you won’t be disappointed with 15 different pasta dishes that may be hard to choose between. The Penne Al Forno is one favorite that contains sausage, pepperoni and mushrooms with Andiamo’s delicious red sauce atop the cylinder shaped pasta noodles. Grilled Mahi Mahi, Chianti Short Ribs and Scallops with Crab and Pea Risotto for the elevated palette are also available and served fresh every day. While classic music plays in the background and wine is being poured, get whisked away to an Italian paradise at Andiamo. Don’t forget the spumoni or tiramisu for dessert!
Where can you find photos of all things Eagan? On the Eagan CVB’s brand new Instagram page, that’s where! Along with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Enjoy Eagan is now on the photo-sharing platform that has gained massive popularity in recent years and now many companies and organizations use the service to showcase their brand and all it has to offer. The Eagan CVB’s voice on Instagram is fun, quirky and focuses on food and nature, plus our amazing lodging properties and fantastic attractions in Eagan and the surrounding area. As the weeks go by and Eagan becomes more visible on Instagram, be sure to look for contests, hotel/restaurant opening sneak peeks and other exciting visual treats that we hope you will enjoy!
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Opening Soon
Eagan is adding a 16th hotel to its already vast arsenal. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites will be the first new hotel to open in Eagan since the Country Inn & Suites in 2002. It will hold 93 rooms, bringing Eagan’s total hotel inventory up to nearly 1,650 rooms. 19 of the 93 rooms in Holiday Inn Express will be spacious suites dispersed among the four floors. Along with a first floor lobby great room, community tables and private spaces, an indoor pool and outdoor patio, the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites will be demonstrating its slogan of “Relax, recharge, refuel and reconnect.” You can’t forget that the new hotel will offer 24-hour shuttle service to Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Mall of America and MSP Airport as well as a complimentary hot breakfast to really keep you fueled up for whatever adventures are coming your way. Be on the lookout for a June 1st opening of this new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Eagan!