FARGO - Two fast-food restaurants, one serving established southside neighborhoods, and the other a mainstay in the university village on the north side of North Dakota State University, have turned off their fryers and pizza ovens for good.
The Kentucky Fried Chicken at 3061 25th St. S. and the Pizza Hut at 1207 19th Ave. N. are both permanently closed.
The signage has already been taken down at the KFC and a roll-off trash bin sat in the parking lot Thursday, Sept. 10, as usable furniture and fixtures awaited removal from the locked restaurant.
It was one of nine KFC locations listed for North Dakota on the corporation’s website.
Diners are being urged to go to the West Fargo and Moorhead KFC locations.
Pizza Hut said on its national website that it had made the decision, along with franchisees, to close some of its stores. However, the company says it still has more than 6,700 Pizza Huts, including four that remain open in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Among the 17 Pizza Huts listed for North Dakota, a few others were also listed as closed on the national website. Phone calls verified closings of a Pizza Hut in Devils Lake, and one outlet apiece in Grand Forks and Minot.
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Louisville, Ky.-based Yum! Brands, which counts KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill, announced in March of this year that the coronavirus pandemic had caused it to temporarily close 7,000 of its more than 50,000 restaurants around the world.