Isanti moves forward with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

By Elizabeth Sias

A Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is one step closer to coming to Isanti.

The Isanti City Council adopted a written spending plan and awarded financial assistance to RMW Twins, LLC to bring the restaurant to Isanti during the meeting Oct. 18.

The city council gave approval to award $65,000 in financial assistance to the project using the $350,000 of special Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funding that was made available to the city of Isanti in 2010 to promote economic growth within the community.

The project has an estimated market value of $300,000 and could create at least eight jobs with wages ranging from $7.25 to $15 per hour.

The site plan was originally approved for a 2,650 square foot facility at 410 Main St. SE at the site of the old Burger Top, but the project has been resized to 1,200 square feet, with the potential to expand in the future.

“When you look at the demographics for the Isanti and Cambridge areas, you really want something like this where you have the capability of starting small and then continuing to grow,” said David Brooks, who owns several Dickey’s Barbecue Pit restaurants in the metro area. Brooks attended the city council meeting with Rick Waytashek of RMW Twins, LLC.

The council also approved modifications to the site plan, including the elimination of a drive-thru, decreasing seat size from 60 seats to 35 indoor seats and 12 outdoor seats, and addition of a children’s play area and additional green space.

The project is expected to begin construction this year.

The council also adopted a written spending plan and awarded $55,000 in financial assistance to C.L. Hough, LLC to make the expansion of a 21,000 square foot manufacturing project possible.

C.L. Hough, LLC is the real estate entity associated with American Manufacturing, Inc. The project has an estimated market value of $450,000 and anticipates on creating at least five full time jobs with wages ranging from $10 to $12 per hour.

The council approved a one-year extension for the site plan and building appearance approval for the property located at 1 Enterprise Ave. NE.


Cambridge-Isanti Bike/Walk Trail

An amendment was proposed on the Joint and Cooperative Agreement for the Cambridge-Isanti Bike/Walk Trail that would give each city authority to name the city’s section of the trail, but Isanti city council members voted against the change.

“I just don’t see a 3.6 mile trail having two different names,” council member Sue Larson said. “It’s got to have one name. When people ride down a 3.6 mile trail, they’re not going to be expecting two different names and it could make it very confusing.”


In other action, the council:

• Isanti Mayor George Wimmer proclaimed the week of Oct. 23 to Oct. 29, 2011, shall be observed as Minnesota Manufacturers Week.

• Accepted the quote from Dynamic Fasteners for material and tool rental required for replacing and installing the roof rakes on the Isanti City Hall building.

• Approved a $75 per month fee to properties which have denied access to Midwest Testing and the city of Isanti as part of the automatic meter reading system project. The fee is effective for properties that have not had their meter changed prior to Nov. 14.