FORMER KABUKI RESTAURANT SITE SOLD IN EDEN PRAIRIE

Site Location: 6534 Flying Cloud Drive | Eden Prairie, MN

Paramount Real Estate Corp listed the former Kabuki Restaurant site for sale in the fall of 2018.  The 2.5 acre site provides easy access to Crosstown 62 and Hwy 169.  It is located between Shady Oak Road, on the West, and Valley View Road, on the South.

Finding the Right Fit…

Due to its location, interest was high and the site tours were frequent.  Interested users proposed many different uses.  These included a dog daycare, pickle-ball courts, various types of restaurants and retail, a daycare, a brewery, storage facilities and office space.  Many also wanted to use the site for outdoor storage, but current zoning does not allow this.  In addition, the City was changing the zoning from Highway Commercial to Industrial Tech Flex.  That alone prohibited many of the uses proposed.  The Seller actually agreed to two separate purchase agreements. The agreements were then subsequently voided because the city discouraged both users’ proposed plans.

Challenges to Overcome…

The sales process was an interesting one.  The building was in poor condition with the HVAC, roof, electrical, plumbing and restrooms needing updating.  The seller held an online auction to clear out much of the remaining kitchen equipment and assorted restaurant accessories.  Unfortunately what followed the auction was a bit devastating; vandalism and unsold stolen equipment.  As if that wasn’t enough, the former Kabuki site had household junk dumped and abandoned on four different occasions.

A Closed Transaction…

In December 2019, we finalized yet another purchase agreement for the former Kabuki Restaurant site.  The Coronavirus did have an effect as well, delaying the normal due diligence process and typical closing.  The result… business closings and financial issues.  Amending and extending the purchase agreement three times also didn’t speed anything up.  The sale did ultimately close in June 2020.

It was a long sales process!  Thankfully the Sellers as well as their legal counsel, were patient and willing to work toward a final agreement.  We commend them for their willingness to work through the many problems and issues that occurred throughout the process.  That being said, all parties are relieved that the property finally closed.

Written By: Bob Johnston | Vice President