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Published February 21, 2014, 05:34 AM

Toasted Frog set to leap into downtown Fargo

FARGO – The Toasted Frog looks to be hopping into downtown Fargo.

By: Sherri Richards and Erik Burgess, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – The Toasted Frog looks to be hopping into downtown Fargo.

The Grand Forks-based restaurant and lounge applied for a Fargo liquor license Wednesday.

The address listed on the application is 305 Broadway, the former home of Mahoney’s Bar and Grill, which closed in 2013.

The license application will be on the March agenda of the city’s liquor control board, Steve Sprague, Fargo city auditor, said in an email.

The Toasted Frog is described on its website as an “eclectic, fun, inviting restaurant and lounge.” It highlights its diverse menu – including its fried cheesy pickles, lavosh and wood-fired pizza – and beer, wine and martini lists.

The Toasted Frog opened in downtown Grand Forks in 2006. A second location opened in downtown Bismarck in 2010. Both sites open at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The applicants are Shawn Clapp, Jonathan Holth and Scott Franz.

According to the Toasted Frog website, Franz leads the restaurant’s culinary team. Clapp and Holth are president and secretary, respectively, of Toasted Frog Fargo LLC, according to the Fargo liquor license application.

According to Holth’s LinkedIn profile, he was manager of the Hotel Donaldson from 2002 to 2005.

Clapp did not return a message seeking comment Thursday afternoon.

The Fargo liquor license application is for a Class FA-RZ license, which requires the establishment to be located in the Renaissance Zone downtown and have 50 percent or more in food sales. The application states the restaurant will be for ages 21 and older.

The owners say in the application that they consider the Toasted Frog an “upscale yet casual” restaurant, with an emphasis on high quality and local ingredients.

“We are a ‘downtown style’ restaurant, and we think we will be excellent in the proposed location,” the application reads. “We support the arts of all types and look forward to being great neighbors, and great stewards of Fargo.”

If approved by the liquor control board, the application would be forwarded to the Fargo City Commission for the final OK.