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Dave Olson, Published February 07 2014

Trade Talk: Public can, like, help design a house

FARGO - If you “like” it, they will build it.

Thomsen Homes, a Fargo-based homebuilder, is constructing a house with guidance from visitors to the company’s Facebook page.

Here’s how it will work:

Starting at about 8 a.m. Monday and continuing for many Mondays to follow, Thomsen Homes will post some design options on its Facebook page for a home it will soon build somewhere in the Fargo, Moorhead, or West Fargo area.

At the end of each week, the option that receives the most “likes” from Facebook visitors will be incorporated into the home’s design.

The process will decide everything from where the home will be built to the type of light switches used.

“This will be a great opportunity for individuals to experience the home-building process, step by step,” said Chris Thomsen, president of the company that bears his name.

When the project concludes, it will make a debut in the area’s annual Fall Parade of Homes event in September.

The house will essentially be a spec home, meaning it will be up for sale, said Jenna Skaff, executive assistant at Thomsen Homes, which describes itself as a leader in building “affordable luxury.”

More information about the “like” program can be found online at www.ThomsenHomesLLC.com; www.TheHouseThatLikesBuilt.com; and by searching Facebook with the words “Thomsen Homes LLC”

Making the cut

Kevin Fix, a butcher who works at the Texas Roadhouse in Fargo, recently won a regional competition and is advancing to the semifinals of the restaurant chain’s National Meat Cutting Challenge.

The semifinals will be Feb. 26 in Kissimmee, Fla., where Fix will compete against more than 70 other professional meat cutters from around the country.

Eight meat cutters will advance from the semifinals to the finals, which are set for April 27 in Amelia Island, Fla.

The champion will be named Meat Cutter of the Year and receive a grand prize of $20,000.

Fix is responsible for hand-cutting every steak served at Fargo’s Texas Roadhouse.

In an average year, that amounts to about $1 million worth of meat and about seven to eight hours a day spent in a walk-in cooler kept at 35 degrees.

McDonald’s on horizon

A new McDonald’s restaurant is planned at 5640 23rd Avenue S., in Fargo, near Veterans Boulevard.

Construction is to start this spring with the restaurant expected to open sometime this summer, said Gregg Matejka, director of operations for area McDonald’s restaurants.

The new restaurant will bring the number of McDonald’s restaurants operating in the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo area to 10.

Matejka said a McDonald’s is also planned in the area of 49th Avenue and 45th Street South in Fargo, but a construction start for that location has not been decided on.

New Spicy Pie

A new Spicy Pie pizzeria is set to open Feb. 24 in West Fargo.

The store, at 745 31st Ave. E. is the brand’s fourth location in the area.

The original Spicy Pie opened in 2010 at 322 Broadway in Fargo.

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

Mary Brown, Spicy Pie’s marketing director, said after the West Fargo store opens, the chain is looking to expand to other spots in North Dakota, but no specific plans are in place.

The phone number at the new Spicy Pie location will be (701) 356-0206.

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