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Published July 24, 2012, 11:30 PM

Zorbaz to add Alexandria location

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – A Zorbaz restaurant is one step closer to opening out of the old Wharf site in north Alexandria.

By: Forum Communications, INFORUM

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – A Zorbaz restaurant is one step closer to opening out of the old Wharf site in north Alexandria.

At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council voted 4-1 to create a tax-increment financing district for the Zorbaz development and to approve the TIF plan for it.

Zorbaz On the Lake, a pizza and Mexican food chain based in Detroit Lakes, will completely renovate the 4,400-square-foot building, which was gutted by a fire 12 years ago. The project is expected to cost between $1.5 million and $1.7 million.

Tom Hanson, Zorbaz founder, told the city’s economic development board that the target opening of the year-round restaurant is next January or February. He said he’s purchased three additional lots for parking.

Right now, the property is valued at $136,000 and generates $2,200 in taxes.

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