BISMARCK, N.D. _ Los Lunas Authentic Mexican Food is open in the food court of the Gateway Mall in Bismarck.
Co-owner Mark Luna learned to cook from his mother and grandmother and is now sharing what he learned with mall patrons.
Valerie Luna, the restaurant’s other owner, said the menu includes items like red and green chile, chimichangas, enchiladas and homemade chips and salsa.
If customers want some of Mark Luna’s homemade tamales, the Lunas suggest they order well in advance because the demand has been so great.
“Oh, my gosh, we’re so busy,” Valerie Luna said.
The Lunas decided to open the restaurant after prompting from friends in the area.
The restaurant’s hours are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for lunch and dinner, Valerie Luna said. Customers can eat in the food court or order it to go.
Edible to go
Lisa Rhone, co-owner of the new Edible Arrangements in Bismarck, said the 1,200-square-foot store in Pinehurst Square will offer to-go items as well as delivery of its fruit bouquets.
Customers will be able to pick up items like lemonade, limeade or a box of chocolate- covered strawberries from the store, Rhone said.
Rhone said there is no target date for the store’s opening yet. She said she and Randy Rhone decided to open the store because they thought “Bismarck needed something different.”
The store makes arrangements out of fruit rather than traditional arrangements made from flowers.
New day care
A new child care facility, Kids Imagination Daycare Zone, is opening in Mandan.
The day care center will be at 1406 Second St. N.W. Co-owner Paul Zimmerman said the location was chosen for its proximity to schools in the area.
The 2,000-square-foot facility will contain an indoor gym for kids to play on. The target opening date is July 1, Zimmerman said.
“My wife and I, we wanted something that was going to be a nice clean, safe environment for children,” he said.
The Zimmermans have two kids of their own, and Danni Jo Zimmerman has 10 years of child care experience.
Paul Zimmerman said his wife had heard there was a shortage of child care, especially for infants, and the day care she worked in had to turn away a lot of children because it didn’t have room.
Zimmerman said the KIDZ facility will have room for 28 youngsters to start. It is open to children up to age 6. The children will divided by age among four or five caretakers.
Zimmerman said care will be offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the center has started taking enrollment.
More information is available at kidzonend.com.