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Downtown Fargo restaurant Kitchen Gremlin goes out of business

Fargo restaurant Kitchen Gremlin, 402 Broadway, sits closed Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. After closing for the holidays, the restaurant has not reopened, and a voicemail greeting now says the restaurant has closed permanently. Ryan Johnson / The Forum

FARGO -- A downtown restaurant that sought to stand out with its family-friendly offerings has gone out of business after about 14 months.

Kitchen Gremlin, 402 Broadway, closed in December shortly before Christmas. A note posted on the door simply said, “Closed opening soon,” and a voicemail greeting told patrons the eatery was closed for the holidays before reopening in 2017.

But things changed sometime in January. By Monday, Jan. 16, the voicemail greeting was changed to tell diners that the restaurant had closed its doors “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

“We would like to thank all of our customers for their patronage, and we hope that our family restaurant concept here in downtown Fargo can continue,” the voicemail greeting continued before thanking past customers.

Kitchen Gremlin opened in October 2015 in the Broadway space that had previously housed former restaurants John Alexander’s and Juano’s, which was open there for 19 years before closing in September 2015.

Owner Melanie Lefort didn’t reply to Forum messages earlier this month seeking comment about the status of Kitchen Gremlin.

The restaurant focused on made-from-scratch twists on classic sandwiches, and also offered breakfast options, a family-friendly atmosphere and arcade games.

Several other Fargo restaurants have gone out of business since November, including Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, 4328 13th Ave. S., King Leo’s, 1443 42nd St. S., and Godfather’s Pizza, 4340 13th Ave. S.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.

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