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THE EATBEAT: Overtime Bar and Grill scores with the sports crowd

Salad bars are fewer and farther between nowadays. Still, it's interesting to check them out. So, I went at noon to Overtime Bar & Grill on North 42nd Street near the UND campus to see what was offered for $5.99. I found the usual assortment ...

Salad bars are fewer and farther between nowadays. Still, it's interesting to check them out.

So, I went at noon to Overtime Bar & Grill on North 42nd Street near the UND campus to see what was offered for $5.99. I found the usual assortment of items lettuce, cottage cheese, radishes, pickles, macaroni salad and so forth. Then, there was a tureen of homemade soup. And the best part, it seems to me, was the pizza and the deep-fried items such as fish, wings, onions, potato wedges, mini corndogs.

I was lunching with Katie David (KD), and she ordered the chili bread bowl ($6.95). The chili is served with diced onions and sour cream, and KD said it was good.

Meanwhile, I enjoyed the chicken and noodle soup, although it was a tad on the salty side. The deep-fried onions were especially good.

We had been served big glass glasses of ice water, but I needed a diet Coke to go with my pizza and the other food from the salad bar.

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Overtime was fairly busy during the noon hour, but the place cleared out quickly. Many of the lunch hour patrons seem to be people mostly men who work at the nearby Industrial Park, along with people from the campus who meet to chat over a quick lunch.

The scene changes late afternoon and evening as people linger longer after work over beer or drinks and watching sports. There are 27 screens for watching

Much of the menu is similar to what it was when the present owners took over from Mike Delohery, who operated the business as Dagwood's. Delohery was the first to open a nonsmoking bar in Grand Forks, long before the city regulations forbidding smoking. And he fared well in his first location on Columbia Road and then on 42nd Street.

Since buying the business in May, the present owners have made a few switches to see what does and does not work. They plan to make changes gradually.

Right now, the specialties include items such as grilled sandwiches, the Overtime Sub and Philly and turkey Philly sandwiches. There are croissant sandwiches and salads. There is a section of Mexican foods as well as pizza. Burgers, all one-half pound, are big sellers. They range in price from $5.75 for a plain burger on a toasted bun to $7.50 for mushroom and Swiss cheese.

Overtime itself looks much the same as it did as Dagwood's. It is a fairly large facility with white walls and maroon ceiling nicely contrasting the blue of the upholstery and booths. The floors are of red tile. With windows all around, Overtime is bright and cheery. You can look outside and see the volleyball courts that are used by leagues in good weather. You also can look out on 42nd Street that leads to the Alerus Center nearby and to the walkway over 42nd Street used by the UND School of Aerospace Sciences.

About a third of the income for Overtime is from food the rest from bar. A sporting event such as hockey, basketball or football brings business in. And business is better when the local teams win. Overtime has a bus to take patrons to the Ralph Engelstad Arena and back on hockey nights. The bus riders pay $1, which they can redeem on beverages after the game.

Present owners of Overtime are Neil Danner, who used to play basketball for Mayville (N.D.) State, and his wife, Kami Winger Danner, who played with national champion Sioux women's basketball teams, along with Brian Danner and Jayson McKee. McKee formerly operated the bar in Forest River, N.D., and Brian Danner was a bartender there. The new owners have enthusiasm and ideas. Though the hours are long, they obviously enjoy what they are doing.

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Overtime Bar and Grill

425 N. 42nd St.

Owners: Neil Danner, Kami Winger Danner,BrianDanner, Jason McKee.

Kitchen Manager: Bob Neste.

Telephone: (701) 772-8044.

Hours: Opens 11 a.m., closes 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Seating capacity:168.

Pay: Major credit cards accepted.

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Report card: A gathering place near UND for people who are into sports. Menu is long on appetizers and includes sandwiches and salads. Burgers are big, prices competitive. Service is quite friendly. Smoke-free and open only to those 21 and older.

Reach Hagerty at mhagerty@gfherald.com or (701) 772-1055.

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