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Fargo's CRAVE restaurant closed for equipment repair

General manager says he's hoping for a quick repair, but it could potentially be a couple days before the fine dining restaurant is making its signature sushi and other dishes for guests.

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CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar opened Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in the West Acres mall in Fargo. The restaurant announced Monday, April 19, 2021 that it had to temporarily close due to an equipment malfunction. File photo by Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO - If you’re craving some sushi from Fargo’s CRAVE, you might have to set those cravings aside for a bit.

CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar is temporarily closed due to a malfunctioning piece of equipment, according to a message posted Monday evening, April 19, on the popular West Acres fine dining restaurant’s Facebook page.

Restaurant General Manager Joe Brown said Tuesday, April 20, that he’s hoping for a quick repair, but said repairs could potentially take a couple days to complete.

“You know I’m not 100% on today yet, but it’s not looking good for today,” Brown said. “Tomorrow looks a little better. We’ll 100% will be open by Friday and that will be our worst case scenario. We’re just waiting for the good news, basically.”

Brown said the makeup air supply unit on the roof of the restaurant, which replaces air removed by the kitchen ventilation exhaust hood, is out of commission.

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“It equalizes the air pressure that gets sucked up by the hood. It sucks all of the nasty air out of the grill. If that thing doesn’t kick out the correct amount of air, then it creates a pressure imbalance in the restaurant. It could break glass,” Brown said. “We can’t run any hot equipment while that’s not working. It’s kind of a special piece of equipment.”

Monday night's Facebook message apologized for the closure and invited patrons to stop by once the repairs were completed.

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“As many of you have noticed, CRAVE - West Acres is currently closed. We want to assure you that we're doing everything we can to reopen and have you join us again!,” the message said. “Unfortunately, a major piece of kitchen equipment has malfunctioned and is proving difficult to repair. Until these repairs are complete, we must remain closed,” the message added. “We apologize for the inconvenience and sincerely hope that each and every one of you are able to join us after we reopen. Thank you so much for your support!”

The popular restaurant opened in late October 2019 on the east side of West Acres.

CRAVE is the first restaurant in The District, which is envisioned as a cluster of restaurants and “experiences” to help fill the 30,000 square feet of space leftover after Best Buy took up much of the square footage that had been used by former mall anchor Sears.

When The District was announced in 2018, West Acres Development’s chief executive Brad Schlossman said it was envisioned as a home to four to five restaurants.

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Fargo’s CRAVE is part of Kaskaid Hospitality, a privately held, Twin Cities-based restaurant company.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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