Station West Bar and Grill, a new neighborhood bar and restaurant, is open in the old Roundup in Mandan.

The restaurant and bar at 412 W. Main St. will serve American style foods such as burgers, sandwiches and appetizers, owner Edgar Oliveira said.

“We always thought there was a need for more casual dining in Mandan,” Oliveira said. “It’s a casual place but it’s nice.”

The restaurant has been fully renovated and redecorated with relics of the railroad in Mandan. The theme is represented in the name and the recycled pallets adorning the restaurant. Oliveira said he chose them because of the important role the railroad has played in the community.

The restaurant is open for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday as well as from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

New florist

Crabapple Floral and Gifts will open at 303 E. Main Ave. inside the A Creative Outlet store on Sept. 5.

Floral owner Kelsey Ruhland said the owners of ACO wanted to be able to keep their store open full time and she wanted to open a floral shop, so the two businesses teamed up.

Ruhland will offer event and wedding flowers as well as premade arrangements. She said she likes to use unique flowers, fruits and dried flowers in her arrangements that aren’t offered elsewhere.

The store will be open Tuesday through Saturday. Tentative hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thrift store opening

A new thrift store, A Cause for Claws, will open in Bismarck.

Proceeds from the store at 1222 Basin Ave. will go to pay for a low-cost mobile spay and neuter clinic serving low-income pet owners.

Owner Lee Rittel said 100 percent of the profits from the store will go toward purchasing the mobile clinic. The clinic will start by offering serviced for cats and later may offer services for dogs, too.

Rittel said the store is anticipated to open in a month and is taking donations.

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Grant deadline

North Dakota tourism grant applications are due August 30.

North Dakota Tourism sponsors two grant programs that provide up to $5,000 in matching funds for promotion of regional events and tourism marketing plans.

Qualifications for event grants:

-- Events must be two or more days in length.

-- Events must be annual.

-- Events must be unique and don’t include holiday celebrations.

-- Events must have visitor appeal and growth potential.

Qualifications for marketing grants:

-- At least 75 percent of marketing activities must focus on providing travel information.

-- Materials must support the state’s tourism branding, “North Dakota Legendary.”

-- Marketers must demonstrate regional collaboration in the promotional effort.

Recipients of approved grants will receive 25 percent of the grant money within 90 days. The remaining 75 percent will be paid following the event or completed marketing project.

Grant applications are available at For more information on tourism grants, contact Dean Ihla with North Dakota Tourism at 701-328-3505 or

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