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Published February 20, 2012, 11:30 PM

Altony’s Italian Cafe moves to Moorhead

MOORHEAD – Altony’s Italian Café and Wine Bar has moved from Dilworth to the former Taco Bell location at 3102 Highway 10 in Moorhead.

By: Angie Wieck, INFORUM

Business profile

  • What: Altony’s Italian Café and Wine Bar
  • Location: 3102 Highway 10, Moorhead
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • Phone: (701) 287-5557
  • Website: www.altonysitalian.com

MOORHEAD – Altony’s Italian Café and Wine Bar has moved from Dilworth to the former Taco Bell location at 3102 Highway 10 in Moorhead.

One of the biggest reasons for the move was space, said Jesse Kennedy, who owns the restaurant with his father, Terry Kennedy. The new location offers seating for 89, almost twice that of the former location in Dilworth.

Jesse Kennedy said the Dilworth restaurant was so busy and was doing so much catering that they weren’t able to cook and buy effectively. The Kennedys wanted to set up Altony’s in a larger facility before the summer, when they are booked to cater several weddings.

Jesse Kennedy said he thinks the centralized location in Moorhead will also boost business. Because they don’t take reservations, he heard from diners who said they didn’t want to drive all the way to Dilworth to find out they couldn’t get a table.

Although the new Altony’s is less than a mile from its former home, Kennedy thinks customers from West Fargo, Fargo and even Moorhead will perceive the new location as much closer.

The new location also allows room for a wine bar with seating for 10. Kennedy said he personally selects wines that are unique to the Altony’s menu and to the area. He said diners will find wines here that they can’t find anywhere else in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The new location also allows Altony’s to have a drive-thru. Customers can’t order at the drive-thru, but they can call ahead and place an order to be picked up there.

When it came time to move, Kennedy said he and his father chose Moorhead because of the loyalty of Minnesota patrons.

“People are passionate in Minnesota,” he said. “They don’t want to cross the river into North Dakota (to do business), but North Dakotans will come to Minnesota.”

That Minnesota loyalty seems to have paid off. Kennedy said business has been good since Altony’s reopened in Moorhead on Feb. 10.

“We’ve been blessed. It’s more than I could have expected,” he said. “It’s created a nice buzz, and it seems that we’ve done it right.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501

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