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Popular Fargo restaurant Vinyl Taco to open second location

The Vinyl Taco is a trendy restaurant and bar that plans to open in mid-October in downtown Fargo, N.D. Warren Ackley Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

A partner in the popular Fargo restaurant Vinyl Taco has confirmed the business will be opening a Grand Forks location as early as the beginning of this summer.

Lance Thorson, an owner of the original Vinyl Taco along with his father, Randy Thorson, and fellow Fargo businessman Warren Ackley, said the group is finalizing construction drawings to bring the second restaurant into reality in a space at 1970 S. Columbia Road. The younger Thorson said the Grand Forks location might feature some additional menu items, but will keep much of the aesthetic of the first Vinyl Taco.

"We'll have various local artists contributing pieces as well there, but it'll have a very similar feel to our original location in Fargo," he said.

Vinyl Taco was founded in late 2013. The restaurant specializes in Mexican street food, particularly its tacos, and draws its name from the vinyl records that set the eatery's sonic mood. Though the exact timeline for the restaurant's opening isn't yet clear, Thorson said the owners are ready to accept applications for employment.

The northward expansion of the business will make use of a space formerly occupied by a different venture owned by the same business group—Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse, a nightclub founded in the mid 1990s by Ackley and Randy Thorson. The two entrepreneurs are also the founders and owners of regional burger chain JL Beers and Fargo restaurants Old Broadway and NoBull Country Club.

Borrowed Bucks closed early summer 2016 as its owners announced their intent to construct an addition to the building's south side. The resulting development, a nearly 22,000-square-foot structure, has been dubbed the Columbia Commons Retail Center.

Thorson said crews could begin interior demolition in the former roadhouse by next week to make space for the future Vinyl Taco, which will serve as a business anchor for the retail center.

"It was time to try something different there," said Thorson of the former Borrowed Bucks. "Vinyl Taco has been a huge hit in Fargo, so we thought we'd bring that up to Grand Forks as well."