Friday, November 11, 2005

New bakery coming to downtown GF

Dakota Harvest Bakers is a new bakery that should be opening at 6 South Third Street in downtown Grand Forks sometime this coming spring. They are currently applying for a renaissance grant. The city paperwork describes it as an "artisan bakery and cafe." Sounds like the kind of business we could use more of downtown.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Canad Inns construction could start next week

We've all heard this before (ok...dozens of times over the past several years), but construction could start on the overly delayed Canad Inns complex as early as next week. The very last bit of pre-construction business has wrapped up and the next thing that should happen is that ground should start being turned. I doubt we would see anything before next Monday, but hopefully we will see something next week...or at least get some kind of a firm date set for groundbreaking.

Keep in mind that this initial construction will not include the proposed cineplex. Leo Ledohowski is still trying to find an appropriate business to partner with for that venture.

You can't get much later in the year to start one of the biggest construction projects this state has ever seen. Oh well, contractors say that Canad should be able to work on the pilings through the winter months. I can't wait to hear that dull "Boom! Boom! Boom!" sound one day (maybe next week?) when I wake up.

I know, I know...I'll believe it when I see it too!!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

UPDATE: Mall food court now open!

Columbia Mall's new "Dakota Cafe" food court opened late last week. I haven't had a chance to eat at Magic Chopstix yet (the only vendor that is open as of today). I'm impressed with how professionally done the food court looks. I was a bit scared when I heard that something called "Magic Chopstix" was coming. A non-chain, no-name Chinese food court vendor sounds like the kind of place that could end up looking a little tacky and a little too homemade for a brand new food court. Thankfully, I was once again proven wrong. Magic Chopstix looks very nice and the food looks yummy. Like I said, I haven't eaten there yet, but the prices seem fairly reasonable. You get to choose rice or lo mein and then either one, two, or three main dishes. There are three different prices based on how many main dishes you want. Even though I was at the mall at around 3 P.M. there was actually a line by the place. That should hopefully be a good sign for the food court. I've had my doubts, but I really would love to see the food court and, in turn, the mall be successful.

Subway, TCBY, and Great American Cookies should be open in the food court by Thanksgiving.

By the way, why are the chopsticks "magic" anyways? Do they turn into a fork so you can actually pick up your peanut chicken instead of fumbling around for hours and dropping half of the food on the floor?