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Joint Fargo Fillies and Mac Daddy's restaurant opening Friday near NDSU

After a soft opening, the combined Fargo Fillies and Mac Daddy's is ready to open near the North Dakota State University campus, co-owner Anthony Bachman told The Forum.

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Mac Daddy's restaurants is seen Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in the Bison Block at 1414 12th Ave. N., Fargo, just south of North Dakota State University. It will soon also incorporate Fargo Fillies. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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FARGO — The opening date for the joint Fargo Fillies and Mac Daddy's restaurant in the Bison Block just south of North Dakota State University's campus is fast-approaching.

The two downtown Fargo food trucks have joined forces to combine into one standalone restaurant , which is slated to open Friday, Oct. 8 after a successful soft opening earlier in the week. "We had a soft opening that went really well, so we're excited," co-owner Anthony Bachman told The Forum.

Anthony and Sara Bachman are behind the effort to bring their two food carts together into one. The Bachmans got their start with Fargo Fillies in 2017 before opening Mac Daddy's this past year . Fargo Fillies focuses on Philly cheesesteaks, while Mac Daddy's dishes up various macaroni and cheese dishes.

The move to brick-and-mortar near campus seemed a natural fit, Bachman said. "Our main clientele is NDSU students, so when we had this opportunity, I thought it was a good fit for us," he said.

The signage has generated a buzz as well, Bachman said, with customers anxious for the opening day. "I don't know what to expect, but I think it's going to be good," he remarked. "After the soft opening yesterday (Tuesday) and even the last month since our logos and signs went up, we get people every day pulling on our door."

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The restaurant will offer a larger menu than the two food carts as well. Fargo Fillies will feature roughly eight different cheesesteaks, while Mac Daddy's will serve up over a dozen options. The restaurant will even offer eight flavors of ice cream, with Bachman noting there are few ice cream options in north Fargo.

Hours for the joint Mac Daddy's and Fargo Fillies will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. The food carts will both be in operation late Friday and Saturday nights along Broadway.

The solid response from passers-by had Bachman feeling optimistic. "We'll see how tomorrow goes, but we're expecting to be pretty busy," he said.

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

Related Topics: RESTAURANTS AND BARSFARGO
Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over three years, primarily reporting on business news. He's also the host of the InForum Business Beat podcast, which can be streamed at InForum.com/podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reach him at tevanella@forumcomm.com or by calling 701-241-5518. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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