Replacement for north Fargo Pizza Hut revealed

The Pizza Hut will be torn down and replaced with a Caribou Coffee.

According to city permit records, a Caribou Coffee is replacing the former Pizza Hut, as seen on June 23, on 19th Ave. N. near the Fargodome.
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FARGO — A business that has sat empty for nearly two years in north Fargo will soon be replaced, city building permit records indicate.

The former Pizza Hut, located at 1207 19th Ave. N. near the Fargodome, is set to be torn down and replaced with a Caribou Coffee.

Two building permit applications pertaining to the site were filed with the city Tuesday, June 21.

The first, which was approved and issued Thursday, June 23, planned for the Pizza Hut building to be torn down at a cost of $20,000.

A second permit application called for the construction of a Caribou Coffee. As of Thursday morning, the application is still pending staff approval. The application listed the project costs as $400,000.


A spokesperson for Caribou Coffee confirmed the new location with The Forum, noting it will be a “chalet”-style location and have indoor and outdoor seating as well as a drive through. Permit records also show the location will feature an indoor, gas-burning fireplace, common in Caribou Coffee’s shops. The spokesperson said the coffee shop will open in the winter.

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The Pizza Hut which has previously sat at the site closed in September 2020. At the time, the company said the decision was made, with franchisee input, to close some of its restaurants. Since then, the building has sat empty.

The new location will bring Caribou Coffee to 19 shops in the Fargo-Moorhead area. That figure includes several inside Hornbacher's grocery stores as well as others inside Family Fare and Cash Wise.

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 or by calling 701-353-8363. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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