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FARGO - Many people come to Kobe's Japanese Cuisine & Steak House expecting dinner and a show. Komang Wirawan, or Paul as he's known at Kobe's, delivers both from his station behind the hibachi grill. He knows all of the standard tricks: juggling utensils, flipping an egg into his hat, and the always popular onion volcano. Rather than the fanfare of the performance, however, it is preparing the meal that Wirawan takes the most pride in. He preps all of the meat, vegetables and sauces himself.
FARGO - Brite-Way Window Cleaning owner Duane Keller's business philosophy centers around concentrating efforts on customers, not competitors. He doesn't worry about being the cheapest in town. He wants to be the best. It's just one of many ideas he picked up from the Brite-Way representative who trained him 40 years ago. Keller recently talked about his trade and the uniqueness of the Brite-Way business model. Q. Is Brite-Way a franchise? Brite-Way started more than 40 years ago in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
FARGO - Chili's Bar & Grill reopened this week in the former home of Griz-zly's in the West Acres mall. Customers will find everything they loved about the old location and more, said General Manager Al Streifel. The menu is the same, with a few new items such as pizzas and flatbreads. The original Chili's location opened in the West Acres parking lot in 1993. It closed March 27 and Panera Bread is expected to open there in the fall. Moving to a new location after 20 years gave Chili's an opportunity to update with a new design and more modern colors.
FARGO - The Tot Spot Child Care and Learning Center has opened a new 4,900-square-foot location at the Sports Bubble, 2761 12th Ave. S. The center will provide about 90 new spots for children ages 2 and older.
Business profile Business: Johnsons Pest Control & Lawn Service Address: 112 8th Ave. N.W., West Fargo PHone: (701) 282-8490 website: www.johnsonspest.com
Business profile Business: Sylvan Learning Center Address: 4610 Amber Valley Parkway, Fargo Phone: (701) 499-4300 Website: www.sylvanfargo.com
WEST FARGO - Dan Simons, owner of ALLPCFIX, knows a lot about computers. He specializes in repairs and upgrades, networking, security, high-performance gaming and more. Just don't ask him to fix your Mac. He is not a fan. "When people say they have a Mac, I say 'That's not a computer.' It's not an insult. It's like comparing an apple to an orange. They're both fruit, but they're different. I just stay away from Macs." Simons will visit clients' homes to make repairs or take a computer home with him if the job appears more complicated.
FARGO - Riverside Cemetery Manager Tom Shafer can tell readers a lot about the residents of Fargo, both the living and the dearly departed. Shafer, an amateur historian, has an office full of old high school yearbooks, Polk city directories and the autobiographies of some of the area's more famous former residents. A few of them are even buried at Riverside. Some stories are firsthand accounts.
FARGO - When one door closed, another opened for three former employees of Dakota Driveline, after the company went out of business last year. Former co-workers Kevin Bibeau, Jason Bahls and Patrick Glaraton were able to purchase the company's inventory and equipment, and in October, opened their own business, Midwest Welding & Drive, at 4021 Main Ave. The company specializes in driveshaft and power takeoff fabrication and repair.
WEST FARGO - Sandy Smith formed the North Dakota Autism Center from her kitchen table in 2006, not long after her young son, Tyler, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Today, Smith will oversee a groundbreaking ceremony to mark construction of a new 6,700-square-foot home for the organization at 647 13th Ave. E. in West Fargo. Smith was inspired to start the nonprofit when she had difficulty securing early intervention therapy for Tyler that was approved by her employer's insurance program.