2 Popular Restaurant Chains Come to Bloomington

Moe's Southwest Grill and Which Wich Superior Sandwiches will join the Penn & American development and open their doors in August.

Two popular casual-restaurant chains are coming to Bloomington.

Moe's Southwest Grill and Which Wich Superior Sandwiches have signed leases at Penn & American, a multi-phase retail and residential project at the intersection of Penn Avenue and American Boulevard. The restaurants will open in August.

Bloomington-based United Properties, which is developing two retail buildings that are part of the first phase of the redevelopment project, made the announcement.

Moe's is an Atlanta-based chain that's best known for made-to-order burritos, salads, and quesadillas. The 2,600-square-foot restaurant at Penn & American is the chain's first in Minnesota, although it plans to open five locations in the Twin Cities area within the next three years.

Which Wich, meanwhile, offers custom sandwiches and is based in Dallas. The 1,800-square-foot restaurant at Penn & American will be its fourth Twin Cities location.

In addition to two retail buildings, the first phase of the Penn & American development also includes Genesee Apartments & Townhomes-212 apartments and 22 townhomes that are being developed by Bloomington-based StuartCo. Genesee will feature a rooftop deck, fitness center, outdoor pool, and movie theater.

The first residents will move into the two- and three-bedroom townhomes in June, StuartCo Vice President Ryan Dunlay said in a statement. The studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments and penthouses will open in August and September.

Future redevelopment at the Penn & American site will occur in smaller phases, according to United Properties. The next phase will include additional retail space, or hotel or office space.

United Properties spent almost five years planning the new development, which replaced two former car dealerships.