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Minnesota’s Owner to Offer 'Freedom to Choose' Pizza

Opening new concept restaurant in Island Park.

American Pie will open at this shopping center in Island Park, just over the Long Beach Bridge. (Credit: Joe Kellard)
American Pie will open at this shopping center in Island Park, just over the Long Beach Bridge. (Credit: Joe Kellard)

Tom Corning is delivering a taste of Italy over the Long Beach Bridge.

The owner of Minnesota’s restaurant-bar in the West End, Corning is joining forces with Chris Dolan, owner of Olive Oils in Point Lookout, to open a new concept pizza restaurant in Island Park named American Pie.

“It’s going to be a create-your-own pizza with healthy options,” Corning said of his new venture. “It’s going to operate the same way they make burritos at Chipotle, only with pizza. Our slogan is going to be ‘the freedom to choose.’”

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American Pie will offer gluten-free and whole wheat crusts, salads with chicken or grass-fed skirt steak, and four varieties of meatballs, to name a few options on its menu. “We’ll even have baked homemade pies to finish off our pie concept,” Corning said.

The restaurant will also feature an extensive wine-by-glass program and craft beer.  “We’re really excited about that,” he added.

Corning and Dolan just started to build their new restaurant at a vacancy in King Kullen’s shopping center on Barnum Isle, located immediately over the bridge. They expect to open their doors  for business by spring.

Dolan was Corning’s original partner when they opened Caffe Laguna in 1997. While Minnesota’s sustained five feet of flooding during Hurricane Sandy and was quickly gutted, rebuilt and reopened last February, Caffe Laguna, located directly across the road on West Beech Street, sustained 11 feet of water in the basement. Facing new insurance stipulations, Corning decided not to renew the lease there.

“We just weren’t able to rebuild, because we didn’t get any insurance or assistance,” he said.

However, his chef at Caffe Laguna, Andrew Alotti, signed a lease and is developing a new concept for the storm-damaged restaurant and hopes to rebuild and open by early summer.

“We’re also excited that Andrew is going to open a place at Minnesota’s and help get the West End back up and running,” Corning said.

Eddie January 10, 2014 at 07:36 AM
What a shame that Long Beach's Democratic "hostile to investors" policies have driven these great assets to Island Park.
Sent from my Lear Jet January 10, 2014 at 08:08 AM
I seem to remember an episode of "Seinfield" centered on Kramer's idea of opening a pizza place where they gave you some dough, and you placed ingredients of your choice theron, and then Kramer would place it in the oven and bake it. Better look into the possibility of having to pay Jerry or Cosmo royalties.
R.I.P Common Sense January 10, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Eddie you're right. Let's put a business 10ft under sea level in a flood zone, have it flood because of a storm, and not want the insurance company to add some stipulations Dam democrats.
rav January 10, 2014 at 08:37 AM
The Seinfeld episode was "make your own" not "create you r own.
Charlie Cheswick January 10, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Kramer: "It's not a pizza until it comes out of the oven!" Poppie: "It's a pizza the moment you put your fist in the dough!"
Goingplaces January 10, 2014 at 02:20 PM
good luck~Sounds great!
Goingplaces January 10, 2014 at 08:01 PM
I really hope there are no hair salons, nail salons, banks, or real estate stores opening there. They are everywhere in LB. If this is such a quaint town, where are all the quaint stores?
Eddie January 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM
nothing should rebuild in the west end
Ipick January 11, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Sad that the city just invested $223,000 on a new trolley bus instead of helping the business owners
R.I.P Common Sense January 11, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Ipick I was curious, in what form should the city be helping the business
Goingplaces January 11, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Nothing should be rebuilt? That sounds depressing and backward. We can't just give up. If everyone had that attitude there would be more ghost towns than civilization
Eddie January 11, 2014 at 02:26 PM
That's an Eddie imposter... Rebuilding is great and the rebuilding I've seen in this town is the greatest gauge of the vitality and economic health of Long Beach residents.
Eddie January 11, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Nothing should rebuild until the republicans come back and save Long Beach business from completely running themselves into the ground. Only the republicans can help them!! The business in Long Beach are all dying because the republicans are not in office. Help us we need handouts because our business plans are so good but the democrats are stopping our customers from buying from us. They must have powers that stop the customers from wanting to return for the nasty service and bad attitudes. The only business doing well are owned by democrats. We know this because they have repeat business. People come back for the good service and great products they sell.
Mimi Lamberson January 11, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Good luck guys! Can't wait to try it out
moe January 11, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Post from 3:35 is another fake. Looks like Eddie is today's #1 target. Pathetic, but he/she still can't write a grammatically correct sentence.... "save Long Beach business from completely running themselves..." Fake has a lot of trouble conjugating verbs, writing plurals, etc. Sad because I've pointed it out but he/she still needs to find a ghost writer! Even so, it's still not Eddie's real screen name. I'll look around for other fake posts. Remember, I only post as "moe" in response to fake posts. My posts have that B&W face icon, so any others are fake. He'll probably start on me again now!
Larry January 11, 2014 at 05:32 PM
To Goingplaces; there's nothing "quaint" about Long Beach anymore! Have you seen the ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS sky-high homes going up everywhere! Looks like tenements from the boroughs, certainly not a "quaint" beach community anymore!!
Goingplaces January 11, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Very true Larry. It is a shame.
Eddie January 11, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Wait until you see the new plans for the Superblock...
Eddie January 11, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Bye Larry - one drunk lifer gone. When are the rest of you going to take the hint?
Eddie January 11, 2014 at 06:41 PM
Almost forgot God showed me the plans for the superblock. I loved it but I can't tell you any thing about it.
Eddie January 11, 2014 at 06:41 PM
I can tell you none of you will be able to afford to live there.
Tom O January 12, 2014 at 07:18 AM
Cause if there's one thing this area needs - it's another place to get pizza! ::eye roll:: or maybe a sports bar, deli or Subway!
Eddie January 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Tom O what kind of store would you like to see open up?
Bob West January 13, 2014 at 01:13 AM
@ Eddie- just curious about some of the terms used in Patch. What Do you mean by "lifer" in your anser to Larry? I've seen the same term in other posts but don't "get it." Thanx.
Tom O January 13, 2014 at 04:13 PM
@Eddie: 1) a craft beer gastro-pub 2) a place with a solid burger 3) a moderately priced wine bar 4) a vintage arcade with a bar 5) a place with great food that isn't Swingbellys or Sugo, 6) a hookah lounge, 7) a place that feels trendy, 8) a live music venue, 9) an art gallery...anything that truly makes you want to stay in LB, rather than just go by default because you don't want to deal with the $17 RT train ticket or 20 minutes of traffic lights that it takes to get out of here- something that makes people want to come to LB in the off season...take a look around at the stores here...most of the restaurants are mediocre, though the ones that are good are so good- how many pizza shops do we have? How many delis? How many nail salons? How many sports bars? There's not a lot of variety here, and except for the beach, it's starting to resemble any other place on Long Island.
Sandy Man January 14, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Maybe they should do like Pompeii and just build on top of the abandoned houses in the west end

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