As Italian restaurant closes in Rochester, new pizzeria opens – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER – When one door closes, another opens.

Med City’s social media is abuzz this week with the recent shutdown of

Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant on the East Front Road of US 52 North.

Signs on the 26-year-old fast food building read: “We regret to announce that Fazoli’s in Rochester is closed for good. “

While it looks like Fazoli’s ‘Unlimited Breadsticks’ are over, there could still be life in this restaurant.

Kentucky-based Fazoli’s was built and opened in Rochester in 1996.

The work crews were there Tuesday to remove the panels. A new water heater has just been installed less than a month ago. While it’s not clear what the future of the building might be, the signs seem to indicate that something is brewing after Fazoli closes.

On the positive side of Rochester’s restaurant ledger, Carbon Pizzeria, a legendary name in St. Paul’s pizza, opened a new Med City store at 2723 Commerce Drive NW on January 1.

Dan Howard and Scott LaMott opened the new pizzeria in the old one Twisted Pint Ale House at 2723 Commerce Drive NW. LaMott owns Carbone’s in Northfield, Minn.

Carbone’s has a long history in Minnesota, beginning in 1954 as a small Italian grocery store on the east side of St. Paul. It has grown to 36 locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin with one in Montana. This is the first time that Carbone’s cooks in the Rochester market.

The return of pizza to the Commerce Drive building is a return to its original purpose. It was built in 2006 to house a Green mill Pizza restaurant. Green Mill abruptly closed in early 2015 and was replaced by Crooked Pint.

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