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#5 Slim Chickens, Culver’s among new businesses in Minot

Andrea Johnson/MDN Culver’s is under construction at 3000 South Broadway and is scheduled to open in February.

Some new businesses opened their doors in Minot in 2019.

Among the most eagerly awaited was Slim Chickens.

“We opened the store on November the 4th and currently have about 80 employees,” said Wendy Howe, director of marketing and brand compliance for the Preferred Restaurant Group. “This is the first location in North Dakota but we have purchased the rights for the rest of the state and plan to add five more locations in the next five years.”

Customers also seem to enjoy the items on the menu, said Howe.

“What we hear from our customers is how much they love the chicken,” Howe said. “They love that it is juicy and the light breading. The tenders are soaked in buttermilk and fried fresh for each order ensuring that each order is hot, fresh, and crispy. We have also heard the customers like the variety of sauce options that we offer. Slim Chickens offers a total of 17 dipping sauces for both the tenders and the wings so there is truly something for everyone. From as mild as honey mustard and ranch all the way to a mango habanero and inferno (if you really like it hot!). Lastly having the drive thru along with an app where the customer can order ahead of time and pick up are great options that make things really convenient. We have also received quite a few catering orders over the last couple weeks and I feel like that will only grow in 2020.”

Another restaurant that is highly anticipated that will be opening in the new year is Culver’s.

Patty Hageman, operating partner in the restaurant, said the Minot Culver’s is under construction at 3000 South Broadway.

She said the Minot restaurant is scheduled to be opened on Feb. 17 next year and will employ between 75 and 80 people, including management.

Culver’s is well-known for its large menu and includes fresh frozen custard, a premium ice cream. There will always be vanilla and chocolate flavors on sale and there will be one additional flavor offered on different days. Culver’s also is known for its butter burgers. The burgers are never frozen and everything is made to order, said Howe.

Since the restaurant will be opening close to Lent, Culver’s will add walleye to the menu for the season for those whose religion does not allow them to eat meat on Fridays.

There are a number of other popular items served on the menu to meet a variety of tastes and Hageman said the restaurant is very family friendly and offers a kids’ menu.

Other Culver’s are open in North Dakota in Grand Forks, Williston, Mandan and two are in Fargo.

A variety of other businesses have also opened over the past year.

Total Beauty Supply opened in Dakota Square Mall on March 29.

Regency @ First & First Event Center, located at the corner of First Avenue and First Street Southeast, opened this fall and provides a modern, upscale event center, according to its owners.

Some of the other highlights include, according to the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter:

Herbology opened at 2301 16th Street SW and is one of four medical marijuana dispensaries in North Dakota.

Panini’s Plus opened in the food court at the Dakota Square Mall.

Preferred Partners Real Estate, a realty company, celebrated a grand opening this past summer. Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. opened up its first branch in the state this summer.

The 4R Home Thrift Store opened at 412 3rd Street NE this past summer.

Atypical Brewery & Barrelworks, a craft brewery, opened at 510 North Central Avenue East.

A ribbon cutting was held for Aces Lounge & Casino at 1524 South Broadway, Suite 8, last spring.

A ribbon cutting was also held last spring for the Red Lotus Boutique at 115 1st Avenue NE.

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