Coming to Minnetonka

The City of Minnetonka has a number of other projects in the works as of late. The following projects were approved at Aug. 28 and Sept. 11 meetings. More information can be found at

Dashfire: A microdistillery at 6020 Culligan Way will bottle bitters and spirits. If approved, it would be Minnetonka’s first microdistillery. While there are no plans for a public tasting room at this time, one can get a taste at a number of Twin Cities restaurants that currently use Dashfire bitters in their cocktails. The space has been used to make libations in the past: It was previously occupied by Lucid Brewing, which moved to Minneapolis and changed its name to North Loop BrewCo.

Kai’s Sushi: A full-service sushi restaurant at 17420 Minnetonka Boulevard. Kai’s Sushi already has a location in Chanhassen that, in addition to sushi, serves ramen noodles, fried rice, lunch specials and more. It will share the building currently occupied by Great Harvest Bread Co. and Nash Frame Design. Planning commission members were personally very excited at the prospect of a sushi bar coming to town. “I’m two blocks away and I can’t wait,” said commissioner Sean O’Connell.

Midwest MasterCraft: A boat showroom at 17717 Highway Seven near the intersection of County Road 101 and Highway Seven next to Ike’s Food & Cocktails. The dealership will have MasterCraft boats on display both inside and out, as well as sell watersports-related merchandise. The company also has locations in Victoria and Crystal. The existing office building—which has housed a real estate company, law office and counseling center over the years—will be torn down to make way for a new building.

The Cheesecake FactoryThe popular American restaurant chain known for its large menu and equally large portion sizes boasts more than 250 dishes and approximately 50 cheesecakes to choose from. The restaurant will open soon in the Ridgedale area at 12735 Wayzata Boulevard. Management is looking to hire more than 280 staff members, including line cooks, prep cooks, bartenders, cashiers, servers, dishwashers and bussers. For more information, click here.