South Fargo Italian restaurant abruptly closes

According to a post on its Facebook page Tuesday, Sept. 13, Johnny Carino's has permanently closed.

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Johnny Carino's, a once-popular Italian restaurant in south Fargo, is now closed.
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FARGO — Johnny Carino's, a once-popular Italian restaurant in south Fargo, abruptly closed its doors Tuesday, Sept. 13.

"Carino's Fargo will be closing permanently as of Sept. 13th, 2022. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause," read a post to the restaurant's Facebook page Tuesday. The post does not allow reader comments, but it has been shared over 200 times since it was posted around noon.

The restaurant opened nearly 20 years ago at 4410 17th Ave. S.W. in Fargo. Just three years ago, readers voted Johnny Carino's the Best Italian Restaurant in The Forum's annual Best of the Red River Valley issue.

The bar and restaurant closed for good Nov. 20. Owners cited the area's ongoing labor shortage as the cause.
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"It's just hard to find people" to run the operations, an employee for the ownership group said.

Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at
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