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Heidi Shaffer and Dave Olson, Published December 09 2011

Trade Talk: Fargo to get first Longhorn Steakhouse in state

Where’s the beef?

Apparently in south Fargo, where another national chain steakhouse is planned.

Longhorn Steakhouse has submitted plans to the city of Fargo to build a restaurant at 4410 13th Ave. S.

The plans, which are under review, are for a stand-alone structure.

Longhorn Steakhouse has more than 350 restaurants in 33 states, according to information on the company’s website at www.longhornsteakhouse.com.

Messages left with the company were not returned, but it appears from information available on the company website that the Fargo restaurant would be the first Longhorn Steakhouse in North Dakota.

Room in the inn

TMI Hospitality is looking to make things a bit easier for guests who are facing difficult times during the holidays.

As part of its Room in the Inn program, TMI offers free rooms on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve to people visiting friends and loved ones in hospitals, nursing homes and treatment centers.

Levi Otis, general manager of the Fargo Econo Lodge, 1401 35th St. S., said 10 rooms were used under the program during Thanksgiving. Last year at Christmastime, about a dozen guests took advantage of the offer.

Apart from the Inn program, TMI hotels also offer special rates to military personnel and veterans. People visiting for medical reasons or to attend funerals also are given special rates, with the amount varying depending on the hotel.

“If your mom lives in Devils Lake and she comes down here for a medical appointment, she pays a medical rate, if she requests it,” Otis said.

The Room in the Inn program is offered at all TMI hotels listed on the company’s website at www.tmihospitality.com.

Contact Econo Lodge by calling (701) 232-3412.

Eide app

A new app, available from business advisory firm Eide Bailly, will allow clients and the public to receive things like IRS updates and information about legislation important to taxpayers and businesses.

Financial planning calculators are also built into the app for quick reference.

“It’s part of helping our clients stay abreast of the information relevant to their business and financial lives,” said Jerry Topp, Eide Bailly’s managing partner and CEO.

The app is available for free download from Apple’s app store. One quick way to find it is to go online to http://bit.ly/vJaJcG.

Wax on

Candice Hopkins has opened Waxed, a downtown Fargo skin care service focusing on body waxing and face care, with an emphasis on eyebrow design.

The salon is located at 1½ 8th St. S.

For appointments, go online to www.waxedbycandice.com or call (701) 478-2929.

Readers can reach Forum business editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511 and Forum business reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555.