MANKATO — You can soon add flash-baked Neapolitan pizza to the offerings of Mankato pizzerias.
New Ulm businessman Tom Kannegiesser is planning to open a 1000 Degree Pizza restaurant in the Buster’s strip mall atop Madison Avenue.
The Tailwind Group is in the processing of buying a city-owned lot on Stadium Road near the Minnesota State University campus with plans to build a Hy-Vee convenience store.
And as fall approaches, local developers are finalizing plans for residential construction, including a new housing development by R Henry Construction on the northeast edge of the city and townhome and home construction by Drummer Construction near the new Prairie Winds school. Commercial development behind Kohl’s is also expected to take off next summer.
There are a few dozen 1000 Degree locations in the country, with the nearest in Willmar as well as Brookings and Watertown, South Dakota.
Kannegiesser, who is working his way through the franchising and local permitting process, plans to have his shop open this year on the east end of the strip mall. The location formerly housed a hot tub business.
He experienced a 1000 Degree shop while he and his wife were in Phoenix in early 2016. “We ate there and I kept thinking about it, and a couple of days later I called them back and got a tour of the store.”
He is no stranger to the quick-serve restaurant business. He’s been in the food business for 29 years and just recently sold his Subway stores in New Ulm, Madelia, Springfield, St. James and Sleepy Eye. “I decided to look for something new to do. I’m a little too young to retire,” he said.
The pizza chain has a similar concept to Subway, Kannegiesser said. “People slide down the line and add things to their pizza. Instead of wrapping it up at the end, you slide it in the oven. It’s baked in two minutes at…