Molly Yeh Officially Announces New ‘Bernie’s’ Restaurant in Whitey’s Underground Building – Grand Forks Herald

EAST GRAND FORKS – Molly Yeh announced via her Instagram page on Wednesday morning that she was opening Bernie’s; a restaurant in the historic Whitey’s Underground building in East Grand Forks.

“Surprise, we are opening a restaurant!” Yeh said in a post. “Last year, we took over a beautiful historic space on the banks of the Red River, where we plan to celebrate East Grand Forks cuisine. Midwestern traditions, Scandinavian flavors, local ingredients and REALLY GOOD BREAD will come together under one roof to create a magical and delicious wonderland called BERNIE’S opening fall 2022.”

Sickie’s Garage Burgers & Brews occupied the space until it closed in August 2021 due to complications from the initial shutdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as issues attracting and retaining staff.

East Grand Forks Mayor Steve Gander confirmed Yeh’s arrival during April’s State of the City address and luncheon. After much speculation and rumors circulating online, Yeh herself has now confirmed the new venture.

“We are delighted to welcome you and feed you!” Yeh continued in his post. “Follow @berniesegf for updates as we expand the menu, hire staff, honor the ghosts of this historic space and create our own stories.”

Yeh recently received an honorary degree from UND at the opening ceremony in May.

Molly Yeh reacts after receiving an honorary degree Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the start of UND Spring.

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Bonny J. Streater