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FARGO—Four businesses have or soon will be leaving their present homes in a stretch of storefronts in the 600 block of NP Avenue in Fargo for new spots in Fargo, but at least some of the vacancies will not stay empty for long. That's according to Blake Carlson, whose family business, Quantum Development, owns the spaces at 623 NP Ave., an address that has housed Young Blood Coffee Co. as well as Wasabi, Drunken Noodle and Slurp Ramen.
FARGO—Ever since Doug DeMinck and Dave Geske purchased Tailgators Sports Cafe they've gotten the same three questions over and over. Are you keeping the chicken wings? Are you keeping the pizza? Are you keeping the cheese Frenchies? The answer to all three is, yes. "It's a well-oiled machine and we're just going to continue," Geske said, though he and DeMinck have started making small tweaks since taking over the bar earlier this month.
FARGO—A scam text message is reaching area cell phones falsely claiming it is from Wells Fargo. The text states the company needs to confirm identifying information and directs people to supply personal data. They shouldn't. That's according to Staci Schiller, vice president for communications and senior manager of midwest regional banking for Wells Fargo. "The text is indeed a scam and is making the rounds," said Schiller, who received one of the phony texts on her phone and immediately blocked the number and deleted the text.
FARGO—A restaurant that offered Pakistani and Iranian dishes has closed in downtown Fargo after having operated for less than a year. Darbar Palace is the latest in a fairly long line of restaurants that made their home at 402 Broadway in recent years. Owned by Ahsan Khalid, a native of Pakistan, and his wife, Samiye Ahsan, a native of Iran, the restaurant opened in June of 2017 in the space formerly home to Magnolia's Restaurant.
FARGO — The North Dakota Attorney General's Office is suing a former Fargo home remodeling contractor in Cass County District Court on behalf of nine customers who were left with unfinished projects after making advance payments ranging from about $6,000 to $80,000, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed on Friday, March 16, against Studs to Rugs and owner Tim Rosene, claims 43 violations of consumer protection laws, with monetary damages totalling nearly $300,000.
FARGO—A Fargo business has closed its doors after a judge in an eviction case issued a judgment against the business owner for about $48,294 in damages. Reese & Riley's Olive Oil and Bistro Bar, 2653 45th St. S., Fargo, announced on its Facebook page late last week that its last day of business would be Monday, March 19. In a posting on Saturday, March 17, the business said the closing was "due to irreconcilable differences concerning several maintenance issues with landlord."
FARGO—Forget Black Friday. When it comes to some businesses, it's all about the green. "St. Paddy's day is definitely our busiest day of the year," said Amber Job, general manager of Hennessy's Irish Pub, located at 4323 45th St. S. in south Fargo. "A lot of people do like to check out the Irish pubs on St. Paddy's Day," she added. "We do green beer, yes, and then we have our normal Happy Hour and our Irish food items as well—corn beef and cabbage, Irish fish and Chips. Shepherd's pie."
FARGO—Wei Ni loves to cook and enjoys meeting new people. As owner of the new Mandarin Kitchen Express, she plans to be doing a lot of both. "I look forward to work," said Ni, whose restaurant provides sit-down dining as well as carry-out and drive-through service. Mandarin Kitchen Express is located in the space formerly home to Lucy's North China Cuisine at 3003 32nd Ave. S in Fargo. Regulars of the previous business may not recognize the new place, as Ni completely renovated the interior and brought in new seating and lighting.
KINDRED—A storage unit is a total loss after a fire in Kindred on Saturday, March 10. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, crews responded to 141 Rustad Drive in Kindred at around 10:15 a.m. and found a storage unit on fire. Crews were able to put out the fire by about 2 p.m., but the building was a total loss. The unit was managed by CHS Dakota Plains AG and held an empty fuel truck, pickup truck and a passenger vehicle; all of which were totaled. Nobody was injured and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
FARGO—Fire heavily damaged a home here around 9:40 a.m. Saturday, March. 10. According to a report released by the Fargo Fire Department: Fire crews were called to 1541 Broadway on a report of an attic fire. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames showing from the eaves at the rear of the residence. The people inside the home evacuated prior to firefighters arriving and there were no reported injuries. Firefighters had the incident under control within 15 minutes of arriving.