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Dave Olson, Published August 02 2013

Trade Talk: Developer mulling Fargo Sonic location

FARGO – Abe Saka just opened a Sonic Drive-In restaurant in Minot, and according to Saka the restaurant has been doing super.

Now, he’s turning his full attention to Fargo, which could get its own Sonic soon.

“At Fargo, we have identified three locations that are absolutely awesome and one of them is going to be picked within the next couple weeks,” Saka said.

“If we can make this work, hopefully we’ll do some of the work late this year, or early next year,” he said.

Saka said public reaction to Sonic opening in Minot has been over the top.

“We’ve had cars waiting 50 to 70 deep for 45 minutes to an hour,” he said.

Saka said other possible North Dakota Sonic locations besides Fargo are Bismarck, Grand Forks, Williston and Dickinson.

“You have to do one at a time and make sure you do it right,” he said.

Sonic is an American drive-in fast-food restaurant chain based in Oklahoma City.

It has more than 3,500 restaurants in more than 40 states.

Restaurant moving

Nine Dragons and Slap Shot Pizza and Subs is building a new home at 4601 23rd Ave. S. in Fargo.

The business now has a location at 4525 17th Ave. S., where it has been for about six years.

The family owned business, which began as the Nine Dragons in 1978, was originally located on 13th Avenue South.

Owner Mark Manzey said the building the restaurant is using has been sold and the eatery will move to its new home once construction is completed, which he said could be late this year.

Mosaic back home

Mosaic Catering and Event Service, which for 2½ years has shared space with the Mezzaluna restaurant at 309 Roberts St. in Fargo, is now operating out of 69 4th St. N. in space that previously housed the Green Market Kitchen.

The shuffle is fitting because Mosaic got its start at the Fourth Street location, said Eric Watson, owner of Mosaic and Mezzaluna, a restaurant that features artisan food and drink.

Spicy Pie expands

A Spicy Pie pizzeria will soon be under construction in West Fargo.

The restaurant is going up at 745 31st Ave. E., marking the brand’s fourth location.

The first Spicy Pie in the Fargo area opened in 2010 at 322 Broadway.

There is also a store at 1414 12th Ave. N., Fargo, and one in Minot, N.D.

The West Fargo Spicy Pie is expected to open by January or February, 2014, said Mary Brown, Spicy Pie’s marketing director.

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