Saturday, February 10, 2007

New restaurant opening downtown

Rhombus Guys Pizza, the new pizza restaurant downtown, is having a soft opening this weekend and a grand opening this coming Monday. Rhombus Guys will sell pizza, soup, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. The new restaurant seats 55 and is located at 312 Kittson Avenue (next to the Urban Stampede). Always great to see more businesses opening up downtown. I wish the restaurant's owners the best of luck.

Thanks to my tipster!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will this be the same "made from frozen everything" experience we find at every other restaurant in GF?

I guess we'll find out in six months if they're still open.

ec99 said...

I real fail to understand the unbridled enthusiasm expressed by some on these blogs for the arrival of a caravan of franchise restaurants. The food is generally mediocre and overpriced.

ben said...

This is hardly a franchise...the owners and operators remodeled the space into a restaurant themselves. Granted, it is the second or third location, but hardly Pizza Hut here...maybe find out about a place before you rip it apart?!?!
I hope they are prepared for a very "UN" soft opening on a weekend. There are a lot of hungry college aged people downtown after the bars close. Hopefully they will be open to cater to them.

GrandForksGuy said...

You're right, Ben. This is certainly no franchise.

I'll be anxious to hear what you guys think of the place. If anybody goes there in the next couple of days, be sure to let us know what you think.

Anonymous said...

I have had a pizza from them and it is really bad!! I don't think anything can make it down town. Joe Blacks is hanging on by a thread and thh Hub never has anyone in it. The only place that does well is Gillys or how ever you spell it. For the people we have in this town we have to many places. More come and more go down. It is really sad!

Anonymous said...

I was at the soft opening on saturday night and I was really impressed by the pizza. It definitely isn't the same kind of pizza you can find anywhere else.
I enjoyed the smaller atmosphere of the place and will probably try it again soon. I wish it luck, it is a tough business to crack.

Anonymous said...

Joe Black's is hanging on by a thread???? Have you been downtown on a weekend night? People were waiting in line to get in the place, on a very very cold night!

Elucidarian said...

"Joe Blacks is hanging on by a thread ..."

What kind of quasi-research have you done to come up with your data? I was in there a couple weeks ago, after hanging out at the Toasted Frog which does consistently good business. I and some friends stood at the upper level railing in the back and I was astounded at the mass of people in there. There were nearly 200, no joke. As wide open as it is now that the DiMaggio's era partitions are gone, you can clearly monitor the crowd's size and pattern. It was like someone opened a portal in downtown Minneapolis allowing people to beam over to Grand Forks for the evening (although it was a fairly homogenous demographic). And there wasn't a band playing or anything special going on.

On top of that, I couldn't have been more pleased with the stream of decent tunes playing from the jukebox. Radiohead, Greatful Dead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Cake, and more. Girls were dancing to Cake! What a dream come true.

If you can't say something nice (or true) don't say anything at all.

Anonymous said...

The people will be there if the quality, atmosphere and authenticity are. Time will tell.

GrandForksGuy said...

I for one am thrilled to hear about these places downtown being so busy. Anybody know how Dakota Harvest is doing?

Anonymous said...

Joe is no fool. If he could make Muddy Rivers sing in that location, you have to assume he is packing them in downtown. He is a classic "aw, shucks" local businessman. He keeps it simple, give people a place to socialize without having to act like an asshole, and fill their drink once it hits 1/4 full. Credit his jukebox for a constant stream of Uncle Tupelo, as well.

Dakota Harvest seems to be doing steady business, and they should be even better if they are filling any catering orders at all. I visit quite regularly to feed my addiction to their baked goods.

Anonymous said...

Went to Rhombus Guys for lunch today. I thought it was pretty good. Fairly quick service and good pizza. If you are doing lunch I would get there early because it seems to fill up quickly. They should limit the times they ask you how everything is though.

Anonymous said...

I loved the pizza, I hope they do well. It's nice to see new small businesses open & hopefully grow.

Anonymous said...

My roommate brought home some cheesy bread and boneless wings (hot and teriyaki) from Rhombus Guys. Amazing! It could've been because I was starving, but I went there the next day for a late lunch. The food was great again. We shared the spinach dip appetizer, also very good. I prefer hot spinach dip, but this had great taste. I had a pesto chicken wrap (basil tomato) w/ a side salad and my roommate had the chicken tortilla soup. She said it was a bit runny but the taste was perfect. The service was great. The atmosphere was AMAZING. Everything from the decor to the music. It is small inside but has tremendous potential and I wish the guys all the best. This is exactly what downtown Grand Forks needed and what the city is lacking.

Anonymous said...

Minneapolis in Grand Forks? Come on now you are going a little to far. I was in Joe Blacks last week and it had a few people but I know a guy that works there and he was telling me they are not doing what they thought they would. They are really worried that they might not make before all the brown stones are built. I say who cares if they leave someone new will come in.

Anonymous said...

These guys have the best pizza I've had in grand forks, hands down! I hope they do well!!

Anonymous said...

They have amazing pizza, and good drink specials... ask the one of the owners about sake bomb.