Moorhead's Crave Burger Co. opening second location

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MOORHEAD—Four years after starting here, a local burger restaurant is getting ready to open a second location in Minot, N.D.

Robert Leslie and business partner Troy Thomson opened the first Crave Burger Co. in 2013, setting up shop at 2501 8th St. S. in Moorhead. Leslie said a second restaurant will open in September in the food court of Minot's Dakota Square Mall.

The duo also oversaw big changes at their Moorhead location this summer. Leslie said they decided to "completely switch out" the staff, including management, after unsuccessfully trying to change the culture. They also hired Cameron Carlson as the new general manager.

"The new manager has just done a really great job assembling a great team and encouraging everybody to be on top of their game," he said.

The Moorhead restaurant that focuses on burgers and specialty sandwiches has also added to its menu. Leslie said Crave now offers "Kick Starters," or smaller portions of appetizers meant for one person, as well as baked potato fries and a burger of the month.

He said Crave is looking to expand more in the Dakotas and Minnesota. The brand also offers licensing agreements for other owners to open a Crave location, he said.