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Associated Press, Published May 03 2012

Williston man hits snag with restaurant plans

WILLISTON, N.D. – A Williston businessman’s hopes to bring healthy and fast food to the heart of North Dakota’s Oil Patch has hit a snag: The trailer-style kitchen he built violates city ordinance.

Cattails owner Steve Erickson said his idea for the 33-foot smoker kitchen was prompted by long lines at the windows of Williston’s drive-thru restaurants. The area’s population has skyrocketed with oil workers.

The state is third in U.S. oil production.

City Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk said the commission needs more time to weigh the pros and cons of the eatery. As it stands, it would be considered a food concession structure, which isn’t allowed within a mile of city limits.

Williston Mayor Ward Koeser said the issue is now on the “front burner.”

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