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Mayville barbecue restaurant closing

MAYVILLE, N.D.--Howlerz BBQ and Country Bistro will be serving up meals one last time Sunday. Kelly and Dave Harrison let their customers know via Facebook they are closing the Mayville restaurant. "As of this coming Sunday the 29th (if we still ...

Kelly and David Harrison, shown Monday, July 3, 2017, opened Howlerz BBQ and Country Bistro in June in the Memory Lanes Bowling Center building in Mayville, N.D. (April Baumgarten/Grand Forks Herald)
Kelly and David Harrison, shown Monday, July 3, 2017, opened Howlerz BBQ and Country Bistro in June in the Memory Lanes Bowling Center building in Mayville, N.D. (April Baumgarten/Grand Forks Herald)

MAYVILLE, N.D.-Howlerz BBQ and Country Bistro will be serving up meals one last time Sunday.

Kelly and Dave Harrison let their customers know via Facebook they are closing the Mayville restaurant.

"As of this coming Sunday the 29th (if we still have food possibly the Saturday the 28th) we will be shutting our doors for the last time," the post said. "The area simply cannot keep us afloat along with all the other eateries around."

Dave Harrison told the Herald the restaurant will stay open until Sunday or until they run out of food. "Whichever comes first," he said.

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The husband-wife team opened the barbeque joint in June 2017 in the Memory Lanes Bowling building, but things haven't exactly been easy.

"Its like treading water wearing a snorkel with a slow leak, you can see the end coming," said Dave Harrison, who has been without a paycheck for 16 months, according to the Facebook post.

The Harrisons said a lack of foot traffic in Howlerz was a big hit to the business. There are not enough people locally, they said.

Mayville residents think of the restaurant as "out of the way," they said.

The Harrisons originally are from Dickinson, and spent a short time out of the state in Oklahoma, before moving to Mayville.

The couple hopes to keep catering around town in the summers, said Dave Harrison, who works at American Crystal Sugar Co. and has the option to take summers off.

"If everything pans out like I want it to, we'll be doing a food truck in the summer months," he said. "We're not done, just taking a step back."

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