Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

City approves Gianni's outdoor patio request

Council approves memorandum of understanding for one year trial of outdoor 48 seat cafe and boardwalk to route pedestrian traffic into parking spaces

Rendering of outdoor cafe and boardwalk.
Gianni's Steak House managing partner Terri Hummel went before the Wayzata City Council on April 19th, 2011 seeking approval for use of sidewalk and parking spaces to have an outdoor cafe. The request was a follow up to her previous appearance before the council in which more due diligence was requested.

The restaurateur received formal approval to place an outdoor cafe of 48 seats on the sidewalk and extend the walking lane into four parking spaces via an elevated platform.  The approval allows for the Gianni's outdoor cafe to be operated for the year 2011 in a trial run.

Approaching from the east.
Ms. Hummel presented architectural drawings showing the proposed use of sidewalk and parking spaces.  "Each one of those parking spots is nine feet wide.  There is railing around the outside, and one that encloses the seating area for the restaurant. The traffic will be guided and protected."

A rendering of the 48 seat outdoor cafe and boardwalk.
The project was inspired by designs originally used in San Francisco; click here to see some samples.  Hummel indicated that the National Restaurant Association as well as local media outlets will be watching this trial closely.

Mayor Ken Willcox indicated, "I think this is a very exciting experiment.  If this works, I wouldn't mind seeing a whole street full of this. This is the kind of thing we need in Wayzata to bring back excitement, to bring back people, to enjoy the view of the lake. I think it is a spectacular concept you have come up with."
Landlord Stacy Carisch indicated her approval as well, "It's exciting if we can make it logistically work for all people that are impacted."

 Stay tuned to, your Wayzata trial sidewalk cafe leader.


  1. Anonymous12:05 PM

    No way, this is horrible!!!

  2. Anonymous3:29 PM

    Can't wait for this to open!
    It will definitely liven the downtown Wayzata scene!!

  3. Anonymous4:03 PM

    With many guidelines set for local businesses, many are moving to more affluent areas - making Wayzata a dying charm. Clearly the same ways aren't going to be working so I applaud Gianni's on setting a new pathway for improvement. I can only see optimism for this trial; now I urge the rest of our shrinking community to follow suit.

  4. Glad to hear it.
    Anything that can be done to improve the existing businesses as well as encourage new ones to Wayzata should be supported.
    Customers are going to love the opportunity to sit outside across from the lake and enjoy Gianni's.
    After its a success I hope to see more businesses do the same because it adds to the ambiance of Wayzata in the summer.