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Published May 03, 2012, 07:10 PM

Williston Man Hits Snag With Restaurant Plans

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Williston businessman's hopes to bring healthy and fast food to the heart of North Dakota's oil patch has hit a snag: The trailer-style kitchen he built violates city ordinance.

By: Associated Press,

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Williston businessman's hopes to bring healthy and fast food to the heart of North Dakota's oil patch has hit a snag: The trailer-style kitchen he built violates city ordinance.

Cattails owner Steve Erickson says his idea for the 33-foot smoker kitchen was prompted by long lines at the windows of Williston's drive-thru restaurants. The area's population has skyrocketed with oil workers. The state is third in U.S. oil production.

The Williston Herald reports (http://bit.ly/JhxxvI ) that City Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk says the commission needs more time to weigh the pros and cons of the eatery. As it stands, it would be considered a food concession structure, which isn't allowed within a mile of city limits.

Williston Mayor Ward Koeser says the issue is now on the "front burner."

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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