Eatbeat: Bernie's brings back memories of Whitey's, other businesses along the Red River

Bernie’s is beginning a new chapter at the place where Whitey’s flourished for many years.

Marilyn Hagerty
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EAST GRAND FORKS — Molly Yeh’s new Bernie’s restaurant in East Grand Forks is causing waves in the Red River Valley. It’s an exciting time for sharing memories of restaurants along the Red River of the North.

Bernie’s is beginning a new chapter at the place where Whitey’s flourished for many years. Curious new customers are savoring the initial menu at Bernie’s.

Quietly around the corner a string of eating places overlooking the Red River continue to answer the quests for a variety of foods. Among them is Mike’s Pizza an Pub.

Booths and tables were busy early this week on Monday. The buffalo line was busy.

And with a friend, Anne Porter (AP), we found a booth. We looked over the full menu with salads, pasta, sandwiches, burgers. Yes, and dinners ranging from chicken and shrimp to pork loin.


The lunch we noticed is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, The restaurant owned by Sherry Arnes is operated by Sandy and Matt Johnson.

As we ate our lunch, AP and I remembered Whitey’s Café of years gone by. We talked of the Bronze Boot, the Elks Club, the Westward Ho. There are those who hark back to the days of the Golden Hour in downtown Grand forks, the pie they served at the Ryan Hotel and the drive-ins that came first to the north end of Grand Forks.

Mike’s Pizza lays claim to being the longest locally-owned pizzeria. The lunch buffet is available Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mike’s hours range from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 3p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Maybe you use a computer now. Probably Mrs. Claus still helps you line up the gifts and load your sleigh for you to deliver on Christmas Eve. I hope she isn’t bothered by arthritis.

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