When you take a family’s Greek roots, organic produce grown on their family’s farm in Northfield and a fast-casual restaurant setting, you get Gyropolis—one of Bloomington’s iconic locally owned businesses. The restaurant is nearly tripling in size next year with a 2,400-square-foot expansion to the existing building at 2325 West 90th Street. The new construction will include the demolition of the vacant gas station next door.
The project includes an expanded kitchen, 74 additional indoor seats and a 58-seat outdoor patio with a garden feel. Customers will also be able to order and pay for their food online and pick it up at a new pickup window.
Construction will begin in spring or summer 2023. Gyropolis will be closed for about a month during the beginning phases of construction. The expansion is projected to be complete in 2024.
Gryropolis was founded in 2005 by brothers Dino and George Contolatis who grew up in Bloomington. You can watch a video feature on the family and Gyropolis on the City’s YouTube channel at blm.mn/gyropolis.
City supports local business revitalization
The City of Bloomington partnered with Gyropolis owner, Dino Contolatis, to help him coordinate this project. Staff worked with him to put together the Tax Increment Funding (TIF) district that helped make the project possible. The City also has a grant agreement with DEED. Contolatis is a subrecipient of $58,400 in grant funding. The City Council also passed several policies in 2022 regarding sewer availability charges, which made it easier to expand indoor and outdoor seating areas.
“We’re treating this project as an example to show what the City can do for local businesses when we use the tools at our disposal,” Special Projects and Initiatives Manager Barb Wolff said. “The City is partnering with Dino Contolatis to help him expand his business and all it brings to the neighborhood and our community. Dino is making an investment in our community. It will boost Bloomington overall.”