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Eatbeat: As the Kegs gears up for the season, Northside Cafe gets comfortable in new location

Before moving north, the Hansons operated the restaurant in South Forks mall that was originally Del’s Café owned and operated by Del Kresl. They recently closed their Northside Café that had been at 3450 Gateway Drive.

Marilyn Hagerty
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GRAND FORKS — The answer is yes.

The Kegs Drive Inn is up and running again this summer at the same place — 901 N. Fifth Street. After all, it has been there since 1935. And it’s place where Grand Forks high school graduates tend to stop when they come back to visit in the summer time.

Becky Hanson, one of the owners, says the Kegs needs staff. There are plans for it to be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. She says there are plans to offer onion rings, hamburgers, hot dogs. And, of course, cherry and lime colas.

Becky is one of the Hansons who are well known in Grand Forks restaurant circles. She and her sister, Laura, and their brother, Rick, now operate the Northside Café. It is located just north of the UND campus and the home of the Fighting Hawks hockey team.

Before moving north, the Hansons operated the restaurant in South Forks mall that was originally Del’s Café owned and operated by Del Kresl. They recently closed their Northside Café that had been at 3450 Gateway Drive.

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Now they are starting a new chapter in their business of restaurants. They are operating The Northside Café at 2950 10th Ave. N. There is seating for 180 in the building and 20 more on the patio.

On a Sunday in June, there was a circle of cars at the Northside. It’s a large building. Very large. Very light. The big, elegant widows all around make it inviting. The parking space is large.

Once inside with friends, we found a booth, although most new the seating was full of Sunday brunch customers. The new Northside opens daily at 6 a.m. On Wednesday through Saturday it closes at 8 p.m. On Sunday through Tuesday it closes at 3 p.m.

With friends, the breakfast, or brunch, was pleasing at the Northside. The restaurant is large and lends itself to visiting.

Sharon King Hoge who was visiting from New York and Carolyn “Beanie” King who now lives in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, were interested in the changing Grand Forks. They know the city well because they grew up in Grand Forks.

They both ordered the Garbage Omelet and Diane Rey, a Grand Forks artist, chose the Vegetable Omelet. To make life easy, I asked for an item called Breakfast Sandwich.

The omelets are served with a choice of potato, toast or pancakes. The Garbage Omelet includes enough bacon, sausage, ham, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and cheese to last for hours. And the King girls were driving all afternoon. Diane Rey enjoyed her omelet with the broccoli, mushrooms, green pepper along with tomatoes, onions and cojack cheese.

And my choice was the Breakfast Sandwich with bacon, sausage or ham patty on a choice of toast, bagel or English muffin with eggs and cheese and hash browns. Enough to last most of Sunday.

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The visit to the Northside Café was pleasant. It was fun for former residents. It appeals to customers who enjoy the wide, tall windows and the outdoor feel inside the large brick building.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net.

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