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Published February 08, 2011, 05:45 PM

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Opening Next Week

As Grand Forks grows, so does the number of new businesses and restaurants. Both city planners and new restaurant owners say bringing more restaurants in helps revitalize the city.

As Grand Forks grows, so does the number of new businesses and restaurants.

Both city planners and new restaurant owners say bringing more restaurants in helps revitalize the city.

Rob Hanson co-owns Five Guys Burgers and Fries and is excited to open up shop in south Grand Forks in a week.

"You do a lot of research like traffic counts and things like that and households and incomes. But in Grand Forks, living here, it was a little easier than the other cities," Hanson said.

Hanson says location is very important, and living here, he knew just where to open his restaurant. It's in a strip mall on 32nd Avenue South near Golden Corral.

"On the weekends you get all your regional traffic from the smaller towns around and the Canadian visitors," Hanson said.

With recent growth in the area, city planners are seeing more interest for opening restaurants.

A new Dairy Queen Orange Julius opens Wednesday on South Washington Street.

"Any new business sort of revitalizes the business community because it gives a fresh look to the area, a new reason for people to come to a certain part of town," Dairy Queen/Orange Julius owner Joann Flaten said.

Flaten has high hopes for her business on South Washington. City planner Brad Gengler says it's a part of Grand Forks that is coming back.

"We should be able to see some growth within the next few years," Gengler said.

While Flaten opens shop in a more established part of town, Hanson's adding to Grand Fork's growing south end. No matter where they're located, both say more restaurants and businesses will only attract more of the same to the area.

"As a business owner, that's what you want to see. You want to see the town growing and thriving and doing well," Hanson said.

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