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Inside Business: Galleria getting sushi restaurant, coffee bar

Fargo - Two new businesses are heading for The Galleria on Veterans at 5675 26th Ave. S.

One is Izumi Sushi and Hibachi; the other is Beans Coffee Bar.

Izumi Sushi and Hibachi is an all-you-can-eat restaurant that will be run by brothers Scott and Steven Chen.

They expect to open by the end of October.

Scott Chen said that unlike many sushi places, the chef at Izumi will prepare customers’ orders as customers watch.

“Makes the sushi fresh,” said Chen, who added that the restaurant will seat about 200.

Scott Chen said he and his brother have more than 10 years of experience in sushi and hibachi restaurants in places like New York, Virginia, Louisiana, Minnesota and Ohio.

He said they chose Fargo for the location of their new restaurant because the timing was right.

“Fargo is growing, and a lot of people like sushi and hibachi right now,” Scott Chen said.

Beans Coffee Bar will open sometime this fall, said Heidi Holland, who owns the business with her husband, Chris.

The couple also own Holland Enterprises, a trucking company, and many CherryBerry Yogurt bars in the Midwest.

Heidi Holland said the coffee bar was inspired largely by her father, the late Don Larson, a well-known football coach at North Dakota State University.

Holland said her father loved coffee and his nickname for her growing up was “Bean.”

She said the coffee bar will have a drive-thru, as well as signature mini doughnuts, which will be called mini “Donuts,” in honor of her dad.

Tesoro station sold

Change is happening at the intersection of University Drive and 13th Avenue South in Fargo.

A former Tesoro service station that has sat empty on the property for years has been sold, said Jim Lund, a Fargo real estate agent who was involved with the sale.

Lund said the property was sold to a business partner, whom he declined to identify.

Lund said the public can expect to see some type of food service business setting up on the location within the next 12 months, but he declined to specify which one.

According to city of Fargo records, the new owner of the property is Combined Asset Management LLC. Lund is listed as the registered agent for the company on the North Dakota secretary of state’s website.

F-M housing starts rise

Housing starts in the area are up slightly from 2013, according to a report issued by the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead.

The organization’s second-quarter 2014 building permit report indicates total valuation of permits for the period were up nearly $9 million over the same period last year.

Total construction value through second quarter is nearly $630 million, up more than $335 million from 2013 numbers, the report said.

About $171 million of that increase is related to new commercial construction in Fargo.

Offutt eying move?

R.D. Offutt Co. officials have talked with Fargo officials about a possible building project in downtown Fargo.

Planning Director Jim Gilmour said the talks have been preliminary and he could share few details of what the company is thinking of doing.

He said he explained to the company the process for applying for Renaissance Zone status, which can provide tax breaks for building projects and renovations of existing buildings.

The implications of a project on downtown’s parking situation also were discussed, Gilmour said.

While he said he wasn’t privy to R.D. Offutt’s plans, Gilmour said one property the company may be looking at for a project is an empty lot next door to the building that houses the Fort Noks bar at 52 Broadway.

The lot is owned by Rick Engen, who also owns Fort Noks.

Messages left for Engen and R.D. Offutt Co. asking for comment were not immediately returned.

R.D. Offutt and RDO Equipment currently have their headquarters at 700 7th St. S., in Fargo.

Dave Olson
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