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Published October 19, 2012, 11:30 PM

Atlanta-based restaurant opens in remodeled Flying J

FARGO – An Atlanta-based restaurant will open its first North Dakota location here on Monday. The Huddle House – an American-fare, family restaurant – will open inside the remodeled Flying J Plaza at 3150 39th St SW, Suite A. The restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menu options 24 hours a day.

By: Wendy Reuer, INFORUM

FARGO – An Atlanta-based restaurant will open its first North Dakota location here on Monday.

The Huddle House – an American-fare, family restaurant – will open inside the remodeled Flying J Plaza at 3150 39th St SW, Suite A.

The restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menu options 24 hours a day.

“(Huddle House) prides itself at giving a quality meal at a very good price,” said Mark Whittle, chief development officer for Huddle House.

The franchise operates more than 400 locations in 21 states, primarily in the southern U.S.

Huddle House partnered with Pilot Travel Centers earlier this year to open locations in Frystown, Pa., Anna, Texas; New Haven, Ind.; and Lebanon, Ind.

Whittle said the restaurant hopes to open five to seven more sites in North Dakota.

“Ideally we’d like to stay on the eastern half of the state,” Whittle said.

Whittle said the company is looking into a number of sites, not necessarily related to Pilot stations. He said Huddle Houses may be located in free-standing buildings or shopping center.

“Point being, our design is very flexible and we can adapt it to a lot of different venue types,” Whittle said.

The new Fargo restaurant has already hired 54 staff members, including Nate Swingen. The Grand Forks native was named general manager of Fargo’s Huddle House.

Swingen was in full staff-training mode early Friday afternoon. He said he was excited for Monday’s opening.

Flying J was closed for a time this summer while the travel plaza underwent a more than $2 million renovation.

After the Flying J corporation filed for bankruptcy in late 2008, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J announced a merger agreement in July 2010.

Along with Huddle House, the remodeled complex will include fueling stations, a Cinnabon and full hot deli, said Gemma Howley, a spokesperson for Pilot Travel Centers.

The 24-hour truck stop will open at 6 am. Monday.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530


If you go

What: Huddle House opening

When: 6 a.m. Monday

Where: Flying J Plaza

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