Molly Yeh's new restaurant — Bernie's — to open this weekend

The announcement was posted to the restaurant's Facebook page on Wednesday

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Molly Yeh is photographed outside of her restaurant under construction, Bernie's, in East Grand Forks Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.
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EAST GRAND FORKS — The wait is almost over.

Bernie's, Molly Yeh's new restaurant located in downtown East Grand Forks, is set to open on Saturday, Oct. 1.

"It's finally here and we cannot wait to welcome you in our doors with fresh bread and cake and baloney sandwiches!!!!" a Facebook post from the restaurant read on Wednesday.

The post said the opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, for breakfast and lunch. Dinner service is set to roll out in the coming weeks.

The opening comes after months of anticipation. The long-rumored food spot was first announced in April during East Grand Forks' State of the City address, a few weeks later the restaurant's name was announced.


The restaurant will feature a cafe and a market and sits in the former Sickie's Garage location, which is best known as the former Whitey's at 121 DeMers Ave.

In a story previewing the opening earlier this month, the Food Network star said it's a project she's wanted to do for "a really long time."

“Honestly, since I was a kid, I have dreamt up dream menus for dream cafes and dream bakeries, and I’ve always loved putting together big tables and displays of baked goods and dreaming about that type of thing," she told the Herald.

Things really got moving last summer when Yeh and her team started looking for spaces around town and seeing what the possibilities might be. The old Whitey's building felt special, Yeh noted, adding the location has ties to her husband, Nick Hagen's family.

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Guests arrive at Thursday's 2022 "Fashion Affair" event at Bernie's in East Grand Forks.
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The establishment is named after the couple's oldest daughter, Bernie.

Bernie’s Farmhouse will serve Midwest- and Scandinavian-inspired dishes with local ingredients and staples like tater tot hotdish, plus many more brunch options. The cafe will have grab-and-go or counter service with dishes available.

It's a busy weekend for Yeh and her family. She is launching a new cookbook titled “Home is Where the Eggs Are,” this week. A book-signing is slated that was originally slated for Saturday will be pushed back a week to Saturday, Oct. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"for the record: launching a book, the start of sugar beet harvest, and opening a restaurant was never supposed to be in the same week but that's just how it happened and it’s ok, i can take a nap in december, it’s fine, we’ll be fine!" Yeh posted on Facebook.


Last week, the restaurant hosted the Fashion Affair , an event that highlights local boutiques.

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Jade Suder places water glasses on tables Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 at Bernie's in East Grand Forks for the 2022 "Fashion Affair."
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Sydney Mook has been the managing editor at the Herald since April 2021. In her role she edits and assigns stories and helps reporters develop their work for readers.

Mook has been with the Herald since May 2018 and was first hired as the Herald's higher education reporter where she covered UND and other happenings in state higher education. She was later promoted to community editor in 2019.

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