Former Mandan Drug is back in business
By Brian L. Gray
After several years of sitting dormant, the former Mandan Drug’s doors have opened once again.
The diner, which has stood on Mandan’s Main Street since 1885, recently reopened for business. Its new name is the Mandan Diner and Soda Fountain.
The new business was started by Dave and Susan Leingang. Dave is originally from Mandan, and Susan is from Texas. The two both met while serving in the Navy, which they both recently retired from.
Susan has been in the food services industry “for more years than I can count,” she says. Most recently, she worked at the Eagles Club as a chef, and says she put a lot of time and energy into putting together a food menu that is both tasty and healthy.
Dave most recently retired from the North Dakota Department of Transportation, and now runs his own motivational seminars.
The inside of the Mandan Diner and Soda Fountain received large renovations, in order to give the store a new look. More tables were added to the back, where the former drug counter used to be located. Still in its place, however, is the same soda fountain counter that has stood there for years. All of the work, besides the electrical and plumbing, was done by the Leingangs.
A primary factor in reigniting the business came from the Leingangs having to deal with seeing the piece of property sit unused for so long.
“We kept driving by the building, and it was so sad to see that was closed. So we called to check it out, and it went from there,” Susan said.
The store is offering a variety of soups, sandwiches, salads, beverages and, in keeping with the business’ long tradition, a wide assortment of malts and sundaes. Many of the names of the sundaes highlight some of the region’s landmarks and trademarks, from the Missouri Mud and the Huff Hills Special to the General Custer and the Teddy Roosevelt.
Susan says in the near future the store will resume selling many of the chocolates and desserts the former Mandan Drug was known for, including Lewis & Clark Bars.
Mandan Diner and Soda Fountain is open each Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and is located at 316 W. Main St. It can be reached at 663-5884.