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Published August 17, 2011, 06:24 PM

Grand Forks' JL Beers Open for Business

The south side of Grand Forks is growing with new restaurants and bars opening through the end of the year. JL Beers opened Wednesday as one new option for people in Grand Forks.

The south side of Grand Forks is growing with new restaurants and bars opening through the end of the year.

JL Beers opened on South Columbia Road at 11:00 this morning, and they've been busy all day. The bar and grill is just one of many new and upcoming options for people in Grand Forks to enjoy.

"We like to try a lot of different restaurants in town. This one opened up and we saw them getting it built and we wanted to come in and try it out," Grand Forks resident Tim Vick said.

Restaurant lovers like Geniece and Tim Vick will soon have more options for their dining desires.

Ruby Tuesday's, Olive Garden, Pizza Ranch, and the frozen yogurt shop Cherry Berry are all planning on opening along 32nd Avenue South by the end of the year.

"I love Ruby Tuesdays, they have the best salad bar," Robert Parsons said.

"Oh yeah, more options is great," Bill Dean added.

The south side of Grand Forks has been growing the past few years and is attracting business owners to the high traffic area.

"It's just been a steady, full house all day, all this morning, so it's been nice. We've had a lot of people that we know in the community come out and support us and try our food," JL Beers partner Lance Thorson said.

JL Beers features nearly 100 different varieties of beer, and the menu includes nine hamburger options, homemade chips and french fries.

"There's a lot of beer, it's a great place for people who love beer," Parsons said.

"Oh it was awesome, really great. Delicious," Geneice Vick said.

Most of the restaurants opening soon in Grand Forks already have locations in Fargo.

Before today's dinner rush, JL Beers had sold more than 200 burgers and more than 150 tap beers.

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