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Hurricane Grill & Wings coming to Bemidji

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BEMIDJI -- A new chicken-wings restaurant is coming to Bemidji.

Hurricane Grill & Wings is planned to open at 100 Paul Bunyan Drive SW, the site of the former south Burger King, according to a California-based public relations firm.

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This marks the second chicken-wings restaurant to be announced for Bemidji in the past four months, following the April news from Milo Holderbecker that a Buffalo Wild Wings would open at 225 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, the site of the former standalone Thrifty White Drug.

Hurricane Grill & Wings is a chain of 50 franchise-owned restaurants in 10 states. Its website lists two other Minnesota locations, one in Burnsville and another in Minnetonka.

The PR firm, Konnect Public Relations in Los Angeles, said it is a family friendly, full-service restaurant offering more than 30 flavors of jumbo chicken wings in a variety of spiciness, ranging from from category 1 to category 5. The menu also features island-inspired salads, wraps, Angus burgers and seafood entrees.

Shelby Fox, with Konnect, declined by phone to give a planned opening date but said Bemidji's Hurricane Grill & Wings is slated to open this year.

Mike Miller, city of Bemidji building official, said a building permit has been available since July 5 for the vacant building at 100 Paul Bunyan Drive SW.

The building, owned by Kraus Anderson, is approved for two small additions, one on the lake side and another for a new entrance, Miller said.

As for Buffalo Wild Wings, originally announced to open by the end of August, Miller said plans for the restaurant still are being reviewed by planning and zoning personnel.

The city previously approved a construction permit for a commercial remodel valued at $4,500, according to city records.

Holderbecker could not immediately be reached for comment.

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