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Minooka residents voice concerns over proposed Domino's

This vacant space at the north end of the Brannick Court business plaza in Minooka is the proposed site of a new Domino's Pizza. Neighbors directly behind the site have concerns about a proposed drive-thru lane.
This vacant space at the north end of the Brannick Court business plaza in Minooka is the proposed site of a new Domino's Pizza. Neighbors directly behind the site have concerns about a proposed drive-thru lane.

Some residents of Minooka are questioning the proposed location for a new pizza place.

Last week, several neighbors from the Indian Ridge subdivision approached the Minooka Village Board with concerns about a proposed Domino’s Pizza.

The restaurant chain is looking to build a new site in the Brannick Court Business Plaza.

Before the board on June 25 were a conditional-use permit for Domino’s and a final plat for approval.

However, nearby homeowners said that building – which includes a drive-thru window slated to stay open until
2 a.m. – is too close for comfort.

“Pretty much my backyard, how it opens up is, it opens up to that area.
I bought knowing that there is commercial property there ... but I did not know that we were going to put a drive-thru so close to our residential area,” said Nick Krol, whose home is directly adjacent to the vacant lot.

Krol said that having a drive-thru against his fence, and the possibility of drivers pulling through it well after midnight, is cause for worry.

“We don’t, in Minooka, have something open until 2 a.m. in general on a Saturday,” Krol said. “... At 2 in the morning, the only thing you’ve got is drunks in the drive-thru.”

Domino’s franchisee Mark Ratterman, who was also present at the meeting, said he is committed to working with neighbors to make sure the experience works well in everyone’s favor.

“We’re really looking forward to being part of Minooka,” Ratterman said.

Ratterman owns more than 60 of the pizza chain restaurants in the Springfield and St. Louis areas. He said the bulk of Domino’s business comes through delivery, and estimated about 25% of the carry out customers use the drive-thru. He said it’s unusual to have more than two cars at a time waiting for pickup.

Ratterman also said his businesses utilize security cameras on site, and employees are vetted and drug screened.

“We like this location because it’s real central to the customers,” he said, adding that the pickup window will face the strip mall. “We think we’d be a real positive for this. I’m going to be buying the property, I’m going to hold it long term. This is not a short-term deal for me. I’m concerned about being good neighbors, because these would be my potential customers.”

Ratterman also said it’s corporate policy to keep restaurants open until
2 a.m., however, he can appeal to corporate if the business simply isn’t there.

“It’s just bad business to have people mad at you. We want them to be glad that we’re in town,” Ratterman said.

Board members said they wanted to see some of the concerns addressed more specifically before voting on the approvals for the restaurant. Board members said that despite the fact the issue had already gone before the zoning board, they were not aware the restaurant would be open until 2 a.m.

“We’re going to look into this further,” Village President Patrick Brennan said.

The board will discuss the topic during a July 17 meeting.

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