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Williston eateries increasing with city’s population

WILLISTON, N.D. — The number of fast-food and casual restaurants in Williston is growing rapidly to meet the appetite of the booming population in the western oil patch hub.

Recent additions to the dining scene include Qdoba, Culver’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Famous Dave’s Fuddrucker’s, Outlaw Steakhouse, Williston Brewing, Mississippi BBQ, Deli To Go, Papa Murphy’s and Papa Johns.

The city can easily support the expansion of eateries, Qdoba Operations Director Mike Kelly told the Williston Herald.

“We have a very successful Applebee’s in that market, so we knew what kind of sales volume that market can support,” he said.

Williston’s population has doubled since 2010 and surpassed 30,000 as people from around the country have flocked to the region in search of jobs. It is the nation’s fastest-growing micropolitan area, an entity with between 10,000 and 50,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Smiling Moose Deli owner Liza McClean said the city easily passed her demographic study, and business has been strong since her restaurant opened. She’s not worried about the rapid increase in competition.

“We are so different than anyone that is in town, so I’m not concerned,” she said. “I’m happy to see other fast casual restaurants opening up.”

Culver’s served more than 1,300 people the day it opened.

“People in Williston like their meat, their cheese and their bacon,” co-owner Rob Woodling said. “And they love their cheese curds.”

In related news, Williston to take jurisdiction over $500 million development.

Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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  1. Funny cause there is no more boom

  2. That town will see sudden closing before long and lay offs of ppl in all the employment circles

  3. When I was there they shutdown the lobby of a mcdonalds because they couldn’t find anyone to work there. Drive thru only.