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With construction slated to begin this spring, Culver’s should be open for business in Mandan as early as August.

The casual fast-food restaurant, specializing in “Butterburgers” and frozen custard, will locate on the former Bonanza property at 1704 E. Main St., with Sammi and Hanji Wu as the franchisees.

The Wu’s initial plan was to remodel the building, but they discovered the foundation would not support the planned renovations. The Bonanza building was demolished last fall.

A 4,300-square-foot building will be constructed on the site, offering sit-down seating for 104, takeout and drive-thru services. The total project cost is estimated at $3.35 million.

With daily customer traffic projected at 685, Culver’s will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the ability to stay open one hour later, at times, to accommodate local events.

The Wus plan to hire 10 full-time and 45 part-time employees.

The Mandan City Commission approved assistance to the franchisees through the city's Restaurant Rewards sales tax rebate and interest buydown programs at their meeting Tuesday night.

The Wus previously owned the Rice Bowl in Mandan, but recently sold the restaurant to a family member who will continue to operate the business as-is.

“With the success of the Rice Bowl, I know that these proprietors know how to run a successful restaurant business and I’m really excited for this new opportunity for you,” Commissioner Shauna Laber said, addressing the Wus. “Thank you for staying in Mandan.”

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