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Fast-growing Twin Cities chain coming to West Fargo this spring

Nautical Bowls will fill a need in West Fargo for a health-focused dining option, especially among the lunch crowd. “A lot of people in Fargo like to look for healthy options, especially in the middle of your workday," local franchisee Kim Scott said.

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Twin Cities-based Nautical Bowls is opening their first North Dakota location in West Fargo
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WEST FARGO — A mother-daughter trio are bringing a healthy Twin Cities-based chain to West Fargo.

Local franchisee Kim Scott and her two daughters will be opening a Nautical Bowls at 665 23rd Ave. E. in West Fargo, near Stone Town Grill and Cash Wise. It will be the franchise’s first location in North Dakota.
Scott told InForum she was introduced to the Nautical Bowls brand through a friend in the Twin Cities area.

“As soon as I walked in, I thought ‘This place is actually really cool,’” she recalled. “It tasted good, but you could also tell that it’s super healthy for you.”

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The future home of Nautical Bowls, a Twin Cities-based superfood and acai bowl restaurant, is seen on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at 665 32nd Ave. E., #106 in West Fargo. Nautical Bowls has 33 locations open or in development.
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While visiting, she also noticed that Nautical Bowls had announced plans to franchise, at which point Scott realized it would be a great fit for Fargo. “We don’t have anything like this in Fargo,” she said. “A lot of people in Fargo like to look for healthy options, especially in the middle of your workday.”

Nautical Bowls’s menu features 10 different signature bowls, Scott said, as well as an option to build your own. Customers can choose from seven different bases, including acai, mango, coconut and cacao. Toppings include hemp seeds, coconut flakes, chia seeds, almonds, granola and fruits. Additionally, Nautical Bowls offers a house-made peanut butter among other wet toppings. Scott said her go-to bowl is an acai base with granola, strawberries, bananas and blueberries.

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Scott said that Nautical Bowls not only seeks to offer a healthy meal, but also a place for friends to gather. “A bigger piece of it for them is really just having a place where people can go to build community,” she explained. “That really resonates with me.”

Since the new location was announced via social media, Scott said the response has been positive. Many Fargo customers have even recognized Nautical Bowls from trips to the Twin Cities, where the company has several locations open or in development. “We’ve gotten a lot of very positive responses in that regard,” she said. “As time goes on and as we get it out there more, we’ll just continue to build on that excitement.”

Nautical Bowls has five locations open, with 31 more in development. Most are concentrated in the Twin Cities area. In addition to the new West Fargo location, Nautical Bowls plans to open in Sioux Falls, S.D., Bridgeville, Pa. and the Ann Arbor area in Michigan.

Working with her 20- and 18-year-old daughters on franchising Nautical Bowls has been a “super cool experience,” Scott commented. She is hoping to open either in March or April to what she hopes will be “a huge turnout.”

“We’re excited to get it up and running and to be able to provide an awesome place for people to come, hang out and have some healthy good food,” Scott concluded.

Readers can reach InForum reporter Thomas Evanella at tevanella@forumcomm.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella

Related Topics: RESTAURANTS AND BARSFOOD
Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over two years, primarily reporting on business news. Reach him at tevanella@forumcomm.com or by calling 701-353-8363. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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