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Lyn Nichols column: Diner's Confidential: Krispy Kreme coming

Yes, Virginia, Krispy Kreme is coming to Fargo. According to Paul Marsh of Krispy Kreme Customer Service in Winston-Salem, N.C., the famed doughnut makers will set up shop in a new building on 13th Avenue near Culver's and Wal-Mart by August ...

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Yes, Virginia, Krispy Kreme is coming to Fargo.

According to Paul Marsh of Krispy Kreme Customer Service in Winston-Salem, N.C., the famed doughnut makers will set up shop in a new building on 13th Avenue near Culver's and Wal-Mart by August 2002.

The Fargo opening follows the April 23 opening of a Krispy Kreme store in Maple Grove, Minn., which set a new opening-week sales record of $480,693. Wow, that's a lot of doughnuts!

With corporate headquarters in Winston-Salem, the first Krispy Kreme shop was located in what is now called historic Old Salem. The company originated in 1937 and "went public" two years ago. Vernon Rudolph founded the company and produced the very first Krispy Kreme doughnuts on July 13, 1937.

Krispy Kreme has 222 stores in 34 states and Canada. They produce more than 5 million doughnuts per day and make more than 2 billion doughnuts per year. The most popular doughnut is the company's signature "Hot Original Glazed."

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Authentic Mexican

There's a whole lot of Mexican going on -- the latest being El Mariachi at 2601 University Drive, Fargo (the site of the now-closed Wild Taco).

Redecoration, a new menu, and new owners complete the transition from Wild Taco to El Mariachi.

Owned and operated by Carlos Vega, Jose Rodriguez and Teresa Rodriguez, the cooking is done by Jose. You don't have to "hablo Español" to make a wise choice from the traditional menu items. Teresa will gladly advise patrons and explain the contents of each entrée. This is not Scandinavian-Mex; it is the real thing.

For traveling aficionados, Victor Vega, the owner of the original Guadalajara restaurant that was located on 13th Avenue, has moved to Duluth, Minn. There, he will continue the family tradition of authentic Mexican restaurants, good food, and good service, Teresa Rodriguez says.

Dogs are at it again

The Fargo Dog House is expanding to include evening hours, a larger selection of adult beverages, and a back room called "The Loading Dock."

The new room will feature game tables and darts, and the expansion will triple the eatery's present seating of 50, owner Rob Lynch says.

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After Memorial Day, the Fargo Dog House will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, hoping to attract the after-five group. "We need more restaurants in the downtown area, especially ones that are open in the evening," Lynch says. "Our food menu will remain the same, but we will add a larger selection of beer and wine coolers."

Also after Memorial Day, the Fargo Dog House will resume outdoor service, with tables and chairs on the sidewalk in front of the building.

Have some dining news? Know an exciting new chef? A fabulous menu? Spill the beans; it's all food to us. If you know something is stirring and you would like to share, e-mail Lyn Nichols at lyn@i29.net or call (701) 241-5364.

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