Angie Wieck, Published December 27 2012
Quaker Steak & Lube open for business in south Fargo
Grant Hagen, marketing activities director, says if their first two weeks of business are any indication, the franchise will do really well in Fargo.
The restaurant opened Dec. 12 in the former Redford’s Steak & Seafood location at 1776 45th St. S.
The history of the first Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant explains where its unusual name originated. The first location began in 1974 as a cook-your-own steak restaurant in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pa.
“ ‘Quaker’ from Pennsylvania, ‘Steak’ from cook-your-own steak, and ‘Lube’ from the fact that it used to be an old gas station,” said Hagen. “It’s a name we have fun with. Our customers definitely have fun with it, too.”
Franchising began in the 1980s, and there now are more than 50 locations throughout the United States and Canada. New locations will open this spring in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Fargo location includes classic cars and motorcycles on loan from Toppers Car Club, Fargo Harley-Davidson, UMotors and Pure Performance. Every few months, the restaurant will open its garage doors to allow the groups to swap out different models.
The cook-your-own steak option has since been retired, but steak still is a staple on the menu. As Hagen points out, “It is our middle name.”
Another big menu item is wings. More than 20 sauces are available, ranging from mild to triple atomic, several of which have been named repeat winners at the National Buffalo Wing Festival held yearly in Buffalo, N.Y.
“We pride ourselves in our sauces and the size of our wings,” said General Manager Dan Kiser.
The restaurant offers promotions every night of the week. Mondays, a magician is on hand from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday is bingo night; Wednesday is dubbed “Gear Up” night; Thursday is trivia; Friday is karaoke; Saturday boasts UFC fights; and there’s NFL ticket on Sundays.
Once spring is here, Hagen plans to host events in the three-season porch that was added to the existing structure. He plans to host bike nights, classic car nights and concerts.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501
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