East Grand Forks City Council approves liquor license for Molly Yeh’s restaurant

The restaurant was first announced during the East Grand Forks State of the City Address & Luncheon in April.

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GRAND FORKS — In a meeting that lasted about 20 minutes, the East Grand Forks City Council on Tuesday approved a liquor license for the upcoming Bernie’s restaurant, which is being opened later this year by East Grand Forks resident and Food Network star Molly Yeh.

The liquor license is a combination license at 121 DeMers Ave. in East Grand Forks. A combination license allows for on-sale and off-sale alcohol.

The restaurant was first announced during the East Grand Forks State of the City Address & Luncheon in April, after much speculation and rumors floated around online. Yeh announced the restaurant’s name via her Instagram page shortly after. It is anticipated to open later this year.

Sickie’s Garage Burgers & Brews occupied the space until it closed about a year ago due to complications from the initial shutdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as issues attracting and retaining staff.

In other city news, Mayor Steve Gander encouraged city staff and members of the public to consider areas of the city that may need a sidewalk that do not currently have one. The topic may be discussed at an upcoming work session for the council. Those with feedback on the matter can reach out to Megan Nelson in the city office.


“We have sidewalks that run all over the place and then you might have just a stretch of a commonly used area that just doesn’t have one or maybe we have one that the traffic gets pinched a little bit close to where pedestrians walk and we want to see about creating a sidewalk there,” he said.

Additionally, Nelson reminded council members and the public that the primary election will be next week, on Aug. 9. The council meeting will have to be finished by 6 p.m. because of the election.

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