China Inn plans Tower moveSuperior’s City Council on Tuesday approved a land deal that’ll put the China Inn on the move.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Superior’s City Council on Tuesday approved a land deal that’ll put the China Inn on the move.
The council approved the sale of land on the northeast corner of North 8th Street and Tower Avenue, setting the stage for Ting and Michelle Wu to build anew.
The longtime owners of the restaurant are planning to invest about $1 million in a new 6,200-square-foot restaurant that will feature meeting rooms and banquet facilities, said friend and spokesman Paul Stein. The restaurant also offers an expanded menu with “meat and potato” types of dinners for those who prefer something different than the restaurant’s usual fare, he said. The couple plans also to serve steak specials and prime rib specials on the weekend in addition to its American-style Chinese food that includes Szechuan, Hunan and Mandarin cuisines.
“You get three couples together. They’re going to go out to dinner. One of them ain’t going to like Chinese,” Stein said. “So what the vision is we’ll probably have a steak special for the week. Maybe it will be a New York strip, and then on the weekends it will be a prime rib special.”
While the details of the new building are still being developed, construction on the new China Inn is expected to begin Oct. 1.
Port and Planning Director Jason Serck said Chippewa Concrete, the contractor working on Tower Avenue, has been using the site for storage during the project, but plans to vacate the location in late September.
Stein said with the lease on its location at 15 Belknap Street set to expire without an option to renew, the couple decided to build new.
For what he’s paying in rent, he can build new and pay it off in 10 years, Stein said of the plan Ting Wu is developing. The goal is to complete construction on the new restaurant by March 1 when the restaurateurs’ lease expires.
The city-owned land will be sold for $52,000, Serck said. It’s a fairly straight-forward deal, he said.
“It’s a location that fits the needs of the China Inn,” Stein said. He said the restaurant will add to the tax base, be a model for future development in the area and increase jobs in Superior.
“I believe the China Inn is a destination — not necessarily drive by and see it and go in,” Stein said.
In other business: The council also approved the sale of land in the 1400 block of Banks Avenue, a planned site for a new Kwik Trip store, one of three the company is planning to build next spring in Superior.
The new store and fueling station off Belknap Street will offer compressed natural gas in addition to gasoline and diesel fuel.
That site alone is expected to create between 30 and 35 jobs alone, according to Scott Teigen, Kwik Trip chief financial officer.
Other locations planned in Superior include North 28th Street and Tower Avenue, and the Nemadji truck stop on U.S. Highways 2/53.