Inver Grove Heights restaurant is building city's first rooftop dining space

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Construction has started at B-52 Burgers and Brew in Inver Grove Heights to add a 2,300-square-foot rooftop, which will be able to seat 100 people and have its own bar space.

Restaurant Co-owner Mike McMahon said once finished, B-52 Burgers and Brew will be the first restaurant in the city with a rooftop patio. He hopes to have the space open by late June.

Enlarge McMahon said the project will cost roughly $900,000. The restaurant will stay open during construction with no impact on its hours, though some of the dining room space will be taken up during construction. The existing main-level patio will eventually be eliminated.

McMahon said the restaurant is perched atop a hill, providing great views to the north towards the metro area.

"It's a much better view people would give it credit for, you can see forever," he said. "You can see the 3M building on I-94 and you get a good look at the river valley.

" Shoreview-based Broadview Builders is the general contractor for the project. Progressive Architecture out of White Bear Lake is the designer.

B-52 opened in Inver Grove Heights in 2011, near the AMC movie theater and Holiday Inn Express ( 5639 Bishop Ave.). Its burgers won a critics choice award in 2014 at the Twin Cities Burger Battle competition.

"The city is quite excited about it," Inver Grove Heights community development director Tom Link said. "Restaurants are always popular especially when it's something that’s unique and we don’t have anything with a rooftop currently.

" Last week, news also surfaced that Maple Grove would be getting its first restaurant rooftop patio, as a Crave restaurant moves into the former Wild Bill's site.


Dan DeBaun covers food companies, restaurants and retailers.

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