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Published November 13 2010

Trade Talk: Spicy Pie to add second location

Last week in this space, I covered a few winners in The Forum’s “Best Of” contest that had fallen on hard times. But at least one “Best Of” contender is moving in the opposite direction: Spicy Pie, which finished as a runner-up for Best Pizza, is doing well enough to expand to a second location.

The downtown pizzeria, known for its oversized floppy slices and grinders, is opening a restaurant at 1414 12th Ave. N., on the southern edge of North Dakota State University’s campus.

Jeb Goodman, vice president of Spicy Pie LLC, said the company plans to open in the new location by the end of this year or early next. He said it will employ 20 to 30 people – about the same as the downtown location.

He said the NDSU restaurant will offer the same fare and late-night weekend hours as its downtown counterpart, with one notable exception: The company isn’t yet sure if the full liquor license carried by the downtown location will fly on campus (I know, NDSU students, I know – there’s no justice in this world).

“We think it’s a real good location to expand,” he said.

I think there are plenty of students who concur.

North coming to Fargo

Back in September, the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce (minus the West Fargo part at the time) announced a new speaker series – Voices of Vision – to bring policy and business leaders to town.

The series kicks off Wednesday, headlined by Marine-turned-author-turned media personality Lt. Col. Oliver North.

North, a U.S. Marine for 22 years with multiple combat decorations, served as a counterterrorism official in the Reagan administration. He’s authored a number of New York Times bestsellers on military topics, most recently “American Heroes” in 2008, and has hosted the documentary series “War Stories” on Fox News since 2001. (History buffs may also remember him as a central figure in the Iran-Contra affair in the late 1980s, an arms-for-cash scandal in which North was convicted of three felonies, later vacated).

North will speak at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Fargo at noon Wednesday. Registration is required. If you’re interested, call 218-233-1100, or visit FMChamber.com. Tickets are $45 for chamber members and $60 for nonmembers.

You can also connect with Trade Talk online at www.tradetalk.areavoices.com.

Readers can reach Forum business reporter Marino Eccher at (701) 241-5502.