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Dave Olson, Published August 09 2013

Trade Talk: Big D’s launching big makeover

FARGO - Big D’s Bar & Grill is getting a makeover.

A big one.

The bar at 1515 42nd St. S. will close around mid-September for a $750,000 remodeling project.

When it reopens sometime in early November, it will be called Shotgun Sally’s Rock’n’Roll Saloon.

“We’re going to have country, we’re going to have rock ’n’ roll, we’re going to have ’80s music, we’re going to have today’s music,” said owner Robert Leslie. “We’re really going to be able to cater to a really nice variety.”

He said the revamped establishment will accommodate more people, particularly outside where the bar’s patio footprint will double.

Leslie said the larger outdoor seating area will benefit from built-in gas heaters and two big, stone fireplaces that will allow the space to be used longer into the cold-weather months.

“We’re also doing a covered outdoor island bar on the patio,” he said, adding the grill will continue to offer American fare, but with a new, expanded menu.

“They (customers) have some options that are different than what they can get locally right now,” Leslie said.

Caribous coming

The Hornbacher’s Caribou Coffee franchise is expanding.

Hornbacher’s at Osgood, Southgate and Village West already have Caribou Coffee shops and they will soon be added at the Hornbacher’s Express on South University Drive and the Northport Hornbacher’s, said Matt Leiseth, Hornbacher’s president.

The new locations are expected to open by November.

“People love coffee,” Leiseth said. “If we could make it happen tomorrow, we would wave our magic wand and make it happen.”

Leiseth said Hornbacher’s is eager to add a Caribou Coffee to the Moorhead store, “but it’s not in the plan this year.”

Wind power

North Dakota and Minnesota are among the country’s largest and fastest-growing wind markets.

That’s according to the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The report states that North Dakota installed 235 megawatts of new wind power capacity in 2012, bringing its total to an estimated 1,680 megawatts, ranking it 11th among the states for wind power capacity.

With 2,987 megawatts of capacity, Minnesota ranked seventh among the states.

North Dakota’s wind power capacity is enough to meet nearly 16 percent of the state’s electricity needs, the report stated.

Minnesota’s wind power capacity is enough to meet about 17 percent of the state’s electricity needs, it stated.

Temporary closing

Mahoney’s Bar and Grill at 305 Broadway in downtown Fargo has temporarily closed, according to a sign posted on the establishment’s front door.

Owner Terry Kragero said earlier this year that he would be taking that step, but wouldn’t go into details about his plans.

He did say that after the bar closed it would reopen as soon as possible and that when it did, it would have a different look and a different name.

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Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555