Ryan Johnson / Forum News Service
FARGO—The new year has just begun, but it's already brought a flurry of local business closings.
FARGO—Maggie Zelinka's job can be a breeze sometimes, like when she's explaining what customers should know about the cookies at Insomnia Cookies. "They're delicious, and they're always served warm," she said. Zelinka, a marketing manager for the company that's now based in New York and Philadelphia, recently helped launch the brand's first location in North Dakota at 412 Broadway. The store opened Saturday, Jan. 7, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
FARGO—A frozen ice pop maker is calling it quits after four years in business. Gigi's Ice Lollies, a food cart often seen around downtown Fargo each summer, closed up for good at the end of 2016, owner Nicole Kolbe posted Saturday, Dec. 31, to the company's Facebook page. "Gigi's has always been successful—even in the most bleak of times—but sadly our success has been too limited for us to continue," Kolbe wrote in the Facebook post. "There just isn't any money in gourmet frozen treats in the frozen tundra, it seems."
FARGO—Anthony Bachman used to joke that his name should be on the office door in The VIP Room. "His dream is now reality," said Gordy Richardson, who started the Fargo restaurant and catering business in 1993. On Friday, Dec. 30, Richardson officially sold the restaurant at 624 Main Ave. to Bachman, a salad and sandwich cook there about eight years ago, and his wife, Sara Bachman. Owning a restaurant has been the Moorhead resident's "long-term goal" for years.
FARGO—King Leo's has closed its doors, a little more than a year since a new incarnation of the old burger place opened near West Acres Shopping Center. The restaurant, which opened in November 2015 at 1443 42nd St. S., closed the night of Saturday, Dec. 31, according to a post on the business Facebook page. The short post also thanked customers for their business.
FARGO—Get ready for new dining, shopping and health care options—there are a lot of new area businesses in the works for 2017. Two new types of grocery stores will open, a popular campus hangout will reopen and two major developments will pop up in West Fargo. Some won't be done in 2017, including a possible new outlet center in south Fargo that developers might start building next year and start to open in 2018. But there will plenty of new businesses in the community by the time we get to next New Year's Eve.
FARGO—Darrell Randle knew the local food scene needed something when his former co-worker didn't know about grits, a Southern breakfast staple. "I had to show him pictures of it," he said. That's why the self-described "pioneer" and his wife are working to open North Dakota's first soul food restaurant and give the locals all the collard greens and uniquely seasoned chicken and meats they could want.
FARGO—After 20 years in business, Fargo's Ramada Plaza & Suites will soon switch to the Marriott brand. But the conversion will require more than new signs at the hotel, 1635 42nd St. S., and everything from the restaurant to the amenities in guest rooms will be upgraded or revamped by the time the switch to Delta by Marriott Fargo is completed in late March or early April.
FARGO—The metro will get a fifth Papa Murphy's store, but customers can expect a different look at the newest location of this take-and-bake pizza place. The new store at 3985 56th St. S. in Fargo will feature the Washington-based company's revamped "DESIGN" look with different flooring and wall coverings, a new color scheme and a changed counter design.
FARGO—Romo's Tacos will soon expand its restaurant and menu in north Fargo. Owner Rodolfo Romo said earlier this week that renovations are nearly complete in an additional strip mall space...