Customers were already lined up outside Arby’s newest restaurant in Rosemount before doors opened for business Wednesday, Nov. 16. In the minutes before the grand opening and ribbon cutting, staff members, including General Manager Roberto Martinez, were busy doing final preparations to serve the restaurant’s first customers in the community.
“We are very excited because now ‘we have the meat’ in the city of Rosemount,” joked council member Mark DeBettignies, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony shortly after the restaurant began serving its first customers.
Arby’s has been operating in Dakota County for over 40 years, and has been trying to open in the Rosemount area for some time said Mark Kocer, senior director of operations for Arby’s in Minnesota.
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“I know that folks have had to travel to Hastings, Eagan, Apple Valley or Burnsville to get their meat fix,” Kocer said.
Construction of the building in the parking lot of Rosemount Market Square off of County Road 42 began in July, but Arby’s didn’t get to work on their portion until October, Kocer said.
The 4,075 square foot building will eventually be home to both Arby’s and a Chipotle Mexican Grill, although dates for the opening of Chipotle are still up in the air.
The Rosemount Arby’s is smaller than a typical restaurant, since it’s not a freestanding location. Kocer said that decision was made because a shared building was the best opportunity to bring the restaurant to Rosemount.
As part of the company’s effort to be a community partner, Kocer announced that 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of kids’ meals at the Rosemount location through Dec. 11 will be donated to Rosemount Elementary School.
“I think that the culture and values of Arby’s lines up with the values of the residents of Rosemount — we’re about real food made in a friendly, warm, inviting environment,” said Kocer. “We’re just happy to be here.”
Representatives from the city of Rosemount, Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Rosemount Elementary School were on hand for the ribbon cutting Wednesday morning.
“This is a highly anticipated opening of this restaurant,” said Vicki Stute, president of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The community, I know, is extremely excited about the addition of another alternative for our dining here in Rosemount