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Business Buzz: Honors for GP’s Greek Kitchen, New Census Data and Zen Office – InForum


GP’s Greek cuisine lands surprising national honor

Fargo has a few good ethnic restaurants and one recently got a nice boost.

GP’s Greek Kitchen, a quick-service restaurant on the south side of town, was

named best Greek restaurant in North Dakota

by the “Eat This, Not That” website.

Owner Mandy Morton said “Eat This, Not That” features “interesting diet articles.” Scrolling through her early morning newsfeed in late March, the article about the best Greek restaurants in each state popped up.

GP’s Greek Kitchen at 2553 Kirsten Lane in South Fargo, pictured Tuesday, April 26, 2022, was recently named the best Greek restaurant in North Dakota by food-focused website “Eat This, Not That.”

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It was a surprise and a shock.

“No one gave us any warning. I was casually looking at the list and when I got to North Dakota it was there and I fell out of bed,” Morton said. “It’s great to know that we get national recognition.”

Morton said GP’s, which opened in December 2018 at 2553 Kirsten Lane, is a “real mom and pop” operation that has succeeded despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chef George Plaku, originally from Greece, is in charge of the kitchen and ensures the authenticity of the Greek dishes on the menu, she said.

The restaurant’s ‘Eat This’ description reads:

With a new menu of fresh sautéed Greek dishes

customers can dine on Santorini chicken, potato vegetable skillet, and other traditional gyros, soups, salads, and more. ”

Morton said the ‘Eat This, Not That’ designation “is very impressive, very impressive. I’m tickled. It’s a great honour.

To find out more about GPs, go to their website at


or check out their Facebook page.

Hours of operation for the lobby and pick-up service are 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Small business concerns on the rise, census survey finds

The latest US Census Small Business Pulse Survey shows growing concerns among US small business owners about economic conditions.

Among survey responses collected from April 11-17, more small businesses responded negatively to the following queries:

  • 32.6% of small businesses believe it will take more than six months before their business returns to a normal level of activity
  • 45.8% of small wholesale businesses experienced delays from foreign suppliers in the past week
  • 41.6% of small accommodation and food service businesses have been impacted by the availability of current employees to work in the past week
  • 43.9% of small businesses report a moderate negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • About one in five small businesses reported a drop in revenue in the past week
  • 13.9% of small businesses believe they will need additional financial assistance or capital in the next six months

There have been some improvements though:

  • 64.0% of small construction businesses saw a sharp increase in the prices they pay for goods and services compared to 6 months ago
  • 39.5% of small manufacturing businesses experienced a moderate increase in demand for their goods or services compared to 6 months ago

The census also conducts a household survey. Some of the latest census findings from the March 30-April 11 survey showed:

  • Among adults living in households with children, 49.4% lived in households where children received food assistance in the last 7 days
  • Among adults living in households that don’t have a current rent/mortgage, 28.1% say an eviction or foreclosure in the next two months is somewhat/very likely
  • 34.1% of adults live in households where it has been somewhat or very difficult to pay for usual household expenses in the past seven days.

Buddha Board brings zen to your cabin

From work emails, Slack messages, texts and chats to your Instagram and Wordle feed, how much time do you spend glued to a screen?

Now your brain and your nerves can relax with a whole different kind of display: a completely technology-free device that leaves no digital footprints and asks nothing more of you than to use it to create a few moments of zen. staff.

The Buddha Board comes with no rules, requirements, or installation instructions. Simply fill your brush with water (or, for larger models, dip it in the supplied water tray) and paint whatever comes to mind.

Think of it as a therapeutic Etch-a-Sketch.

The Buddha Board brings a little zen to office life, writes journalist and InForum columnist Tammy Swift. Water and brush strokes are used to create any design you want, like the plant seen here.

Contributed / Buddha Board

We actually tried this plank and actually found it to be soothing. The Japanese-style brush creates a smooth, clean, serene line – and the fact that the image only lasts as long as the screen stays wet means there’s no pressure to create a Rembrandt. You don’t need artistic inclinations either: use the screen to draw letters, words, swoops, infinity symbols or anything else your inner creator feels called to do.

The board is available in three sizes: $17.95 for the Mini Buddha Board, $37.95 for the original, and $27.95 for the Enso, a medium-sized board that comes in its own metal carrying case .

Buddha Boards are available at Barnes & Noble stores or by ordering online at