ReGrow Dining Spotlight
Steve & Liz Boleen, Owners
The first Carbone’s opened in St. Paul in 1954 and the name has been familiar to pizza lovers in the metro ever since. In 1985 Steve Boleen purchased Carbone’s in Mahtomedi. Steve married his wife Liz in 1989 and in 1991 the couple opened their downtown WBL location, where they thrived for ten years before moving to Birch Lake Square on Hwy. 96 in 2001. Business was good, and in 2017 they moved across the parking lot to their current space on the south side of the shopping center. Their goal was to expand their business with the larger space, complete menu, and full-service bar. Although pizza is still King, Steve points out that their salads are extremely popular, as are appetizers and their variety of entrees. They are quite proud that Carbone’s was recently voted “Best Appetizers” in WBL along with being finalists for “Best happy Hour” and “Best Pizza”. They run Happy Hour seven days a week from 3 to 6 pm, with all house beverages 50% off. There is an evening Happy Hour as well.
Until COVID hit sales and customer counts had been steadily increasing for years. In-person dining has slowed but being a Pizza Place, they already have a robust Take-Out and Delivery trade and are counting on that to sustain their sales over the winter. They also offer frozen Carbone’s pizzas. Most Take-Out is by phone (651-429-7609), but they continue to experience growing online business.
The couple is proud of their longtime support of youth sports in the community, sponsoring numerous teams, including five or six hickey teams each year. They have also invested heavily in many safety upgrades in the restaurant and have taken the Safe Dining Pledge. They are grateful for the support of their loyal customers, their longtime staff and the city of WBL, who have always been supportive of their efforts.
This article written by Ken Galloway, and originally featured in the White Bear Press.