New future ahead for Minot restaurants

Jen Brodal/MDN A sign is posted on a door, stating permanent closure of the hybrid pub, bar and restaurant, High Third, located at 7 1st St. SE in Minot.

The hybrid restaurant and bar High Third, located at 7 1st St. SE, in downtown Minot, has permanently closed. The establishment was a nod to 1920s’ Minot and the red -light/bootlegging district, known for its “Little Chicago” style during the Prohibition era.

Fully equipped with a roof top bar, event space and restaurant, High Third had been a gem to the downtown restorative efforts. The building is owned by Aksal Group, which leased the operations to Bev Naps Events Inc.

“Neither Aksal Group nor any member of the Ackerman family is affiliated with operations or ownership of Bev Naps Inc., or High Third,” said Jessica Ackerman of Aksal Group.

Ackerman-Estvold is the design and architectural firm that repurposed the building, and Aksal Group is in the early stages of seeking a new tenant to inhabit the themed three-story building.

The Bev Naps Events Inc. “was in default of its lease agreement and subsequently evicted,” said Ackerman.

Bev Naps Events Inc. also had operated the Elevation restaurant and bar located at 1912 Valley Bluffs Dr. at the Minot Country Club. The restaurant and bar have been closed, and the space is being advertised for lease.

Bev Naps Event Inc. has issued no statements at this time and could not be reached for comment. Minot Country Club’s golf course superintendent, Chris Strange, declined to comment about the future of the restaurant space.


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