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Dave Olson, Published January 24 2014

Trade Talk: Chipotle expands to Fargo

FARGO - A Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming to Fargo.

It will be a first for North Dakota and it is expected to happen sometime later this summer, said Danielle Winslow, a spokewoman for Chipotle.

The brand has more than 1,550 restaurants in the United States and several international locations, including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Toronto and Vancouver.

Winslow said she was not at liberty to confirm the address of the future Fargo location.

O’Leary’s Pubs have new owner

O’Leary’s Pub in West Fargo and the O’Leary’s Pub in south Moorhead have been purchased by Barrett Prody, owner of JT Cigarro Grille and Lounge in Fargo.

The O’Leary’s locations will keep their names and their staffs, and all three establishments will see new happy hour specials, said Ryan Beckman, director of operations for the bars.

He said the O’Leary’s at 715 13th Ave. E. in West Fargo will have some interior upgrades done, and both the West Fargo O’Leary’s and the one at 808 30th Ave. S. in Moorhead will see kitchen improvements.

None of the remodeling will require closing a store, Beckman said.

Besides the businesses listed above, Prody owns Sunseekers Tanning Co., with one outlet in Grand Forks and three in Fargo.

Porter Creek plans

Construction on a new Porter Creek Hardwood Grill restaurant will begin this spring at 1555 44th St. S. in Fargo.

The eatery – which will be adjacent to a planned Clubhouse Hotel & Suites – is expected to open in late fall 2014, said John Sheehan, spokesman for Porter Creek Hardwood Grill.

Sheehan said the Porter Creek concept is similar in some ways to the Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill at 2112 25th St. S. in Fargo, which he is also involved with. Sheehan said Porter Creek will also be different from Doolittle’s in significant ways.

Porter Creek’s menu will have a California flavor with Mediterranean influences. The décor will be rustic with local stone and hardwoods, he said.

Compared to Doolittle’s, Porter Creek’s food and wine menus will have more to choose from, Sheehan said, particularly for those wishing to do some exploring with their palettes.

“What we’re going to bring to the menu in Porter Creek are things you haven’t tried before but are still friendly,” he said.

Self-insure name change

A Minnesota organization that formed in the 1970s to help employers who self-insured their worker’s compensation plans has changed its name.

Formerly known as the Minnesota Self-Insurers’ Association, the organization is now called the Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance.

Members of the alliance include Target, Toro, the Mayo Foundation, Cargill, Health Partners, Regis, CHS, the state of Minnesota and the city of St. Paul.

The change was made to better reflect the organization’s growing membership and increased influence on worker’s compensation issues, said Sandra Bodensteiner, manager of workers compensation and tort liability for the city of St. Paul and president of the alliance.

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