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Dave Olson, Published August 24 2012

Trade Talk: Windbreak bar remodeled, reopened

The Windbreak bar has reopened after a summer remodeling project.

Chad Klimek, who operates the Windbreak with Mike Hlebechuk, said a main feature of the revamped business is the band stage.

“It’s twice the size of the old stage,” he said. “It’s almost like a concert feel. The sound system is upgraded. It’s a much nicer feel.”

Klimek said the bar plans to feature more acts from the Twin Cities and to offer a balance between country and rock music, adding the response from patrons and visiting artists to the remodeled night club has been positive.

The Flying J truck stop next door is in the process of being rebuilt, and Klimek said the Windbreak is working with the truck stop’s restaurant to come up with a bar menu.

Windbreak hours are 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 2 a.m., Sunday.

Bands play Thursday through Sunday.

For more information, call (701) 282-5507.

Change of plans

A restaurant that last fall signed a letter of intent to set up a location in the Cityscapes Plaza on First Avenue North in downtown Fargo is putting those plans on hold.

Fuji’s Japanese Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant had said it was moving into about 10,000 square feet of space in the eastern-most side of the Cityscapes Plaza.

Instead, the restaurant’s owners are now focusing on their newly opened restaurant in Grand Forks and have no immediate plans to set up a location in Fargo, said Paul Johnson, senior commercial Realtor with Cityscapes Development.

“They’re not ready to expand at this time, but Fargo is still on the radar,” Johnson said.

Growing fast

Eight North Dakota companies made this year’s list of the top 5,000 fastest growing businesses in the United States, as compiled by Inc. magazine.

The companies, their ranking on the list and their three-year growth rate include:

Pedigree Technologies, 2,070, 127 percent; Evolution1, 2,206, 116 percent; Harlow’s bus sales and service, 2,259, 112 percent; Spectrum Aeromed, 2,495, 97 percent; Credit Collections Bureau, 3,019, 72 percent; Frontier Precision, 3,773, 44 percent; Sundog, 3,793, 43 percent; and Baker Boy, 3,906, 39 percent.

Minnesota had 94 companies make the list.

Legal linkup

A Canadian online company that aims to connect the right client with the right lawyer is expanding into the United States, starting with North Dakota.

Legallinkup.com started in Ontario and has expanded to Winnipeg and now Fargo, according to Joshua Slayen, vice president of business development for the company.

Slayen, an attorney who graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law, said the website allows clients to find a suitable attorney in a quick and efficient way.

The service is free to clients.

Legllinkup.com receives a fee from participating attorneys when a lawyer succeeds in landing a new client.

Three attorneys in Fargo are currently listed on the site, Slayen said.

For more information, log on to www.legallinkup.com or call (204) 960-9622.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555