An Iowa based restaurant specializing in Noodle Dishes and a relocated Caribou Coffee will help fill a new strip mall which is under construction on Minnesota Avenue. Z'Mariks Noodle Café is leasing the south end of the strip mall. It serves a variety of noodle recipes which include rice bowls, pitas, soups and salads in a fast casual format. It was started in 2002 and has locations in Rapid City and throughout Iowa.
Co-franchisee Cole Benne opened the Rapid City store in 2013 and it has received a good response in the market. He says that it liked the concept of serving quick in the restaurant and a great approach to selling pasta. At the most it does not take more than eight minutes to prepare a dish. It does not take long and customers do not have to wait long for their order to be served
As a result a lot of business people and students come in who cannot afford to spend much time and need their food to be served fast. The name, pronounced zee-mare-icks comes from co-founder Ellie Allen's Greek roots and is derived from the Greek word for pasta.
Abby Headrick of Bender Commercial Real Estate Services, who represented the restaurant says that the strip mall which is at 2300 S Minnesota Avenue is good fit for Z'Mariks. It is located between two colleges and there are many office goers travelling that way, because Minnesota Avenue is a widely travelled place. So they thought it would be a great place to start.
Caribou Coffee will take the north end of the new strip mall when it moves south from 1924 S. Minnesota Ave., which was its first location in Sioux Falls. The space will be another co-branded store with Einstein Bros. Bagels and include a drive-thru.
There is 1,700 square feet in between the two restaurants left to lease. Interest has been strong, said Raquel Blount of Lloyd Companies who has it listed. They are waiting for the right person to take up the space. It will provide a large amount of visibility and traffic with the existing tenants. A service business such as a chiropractic office or a hair salon might be a good fit, she said. Caribou and Z'Mariks are expected to open by early next spring.