WILLISTON, N.D. — A downtown Williston hot spot for Hawaiian-style food has received an extension to put in a new ventilation system after weeks of debate about whether it could remain open.
The Hula Grill has faced complaints about creating a constant smell of barbecue in the area, and it had previously been deemed a public nuisance by the city. Mayor Howard Klug signed an agreement this week giving owner Jerry Wong a six-month extension to put in a system that can handle the amount of barbeque smoke produced by the business, the Williston Herald reported.
“Thanks to the city’s cooperation, a compromise could be reached that works for everybody,” Wong said. “It would make no sense not to. To have all losers would have made no sense.”
Wong said he has contacted several contractors to get the project started quickly. He has about two weeks to apply for a building permit and said he is asking the city for recommendations about what officials are looking for in the plans.
Wong said he wants to focus on his business now that he’s got some breathing room from the city.
“We are so very, very happy with the outcome,” he said.
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