Mandan News

Station West gains notoriety

Edgar Oliveira (middle), owner of Harvest Brazilian Grill and Station West Bar and Grill sits between Jean and Rodger Klein. They are the first customers of Harvest Brazilian Grill and love coming back for the food.

Edgar Oliveira (middle), owner of Harvest Brazilian Grill and Station West Bar and Grill sits between Jean and Rodger Klein. They are the first customers of Harvest Brazilian Grill and love coming back for the food.

The Harvest Brazillian Grill recently earned a right of passage after being reviewed by the infamous Marilyn Hagerty of the Grand Forks Herald.

Not only has the restaurant gained noteriaty through great reviews but they were also featured in Midwest Living’s Top 25 New Places to Stay, Eat and Play.

Edgar Oliveira and his mother Zila own the Harvest Brazilian Grill on Main Street in Mandan; however, the current location is not their first restaurant by the same name.

Originally, Zila owned the restaurant in Linton while Edgar worked in computer programming. One day, Zila asked her son to help her with the graphic designs and help develop procedures for the restuarant. However, Edgar realized he really liked the business and found it a good fit for his personality.

“It was completely accidental,” said Edgar

Edgar’s parents immigrated to Minneapolis when Edgar was 14-years old. Soon they moved to Santa Barbra, Calif., and eventually Linton in 2009.

Business was booming in the little town of Linton when Edgar and Zila realized their customer base was mostly from the Bismarck-Mandan area. Thus, they followed their customers, closed their restaurant in Linton and opened during the fall 2011.

Edgar joked as he explained at first he did not know where Mandan was located; nonetheless, he knew if his customers would drive 120 miles for his food they would drive 10 miles or a few blocks if they relocated.

While scouting locations in Mandan, Oliveira came across the old J.C. Penney building and received a great deal from the previous owners.

“We choose Mandan because of the interesting real estate and gorgeos downtown,” said Oliveira

“We are huge proponents to start the redevelopment of downtown Mandan and we try to help in any way we can.”

Unlike other local restaurants, the Harvest Brazilian Grill offers different types of Brazilian BBQ meat on a skewer, hand delivered to each table. There are several different cuts and types of meat; however, Oliveira says the local favorites are the grilled pineapple and banana.

The Harvest Grill offers meals starting at $8.50 on up, with options such as the salad buffet for $10 or the hot buffet for $12. The buffet and the tableside meat delivery service cost $34 for adults and $20 for seniors.

Throughout November, the Harvest is offering a two-year anniversary special for the ladies.

“Some women feel they cannot eat $34 worth of meat so throughout November we are offering ladies a full Brazilian BBQ with desert for $20.”

Some customers come only for the salad bar of $10 or with the hot buffet for $12. The appeal of the buffet plus the full Brazilian barbecue meats delivered to the tables by servers is the draw for most. The cost is $34 for adults and $20 for seniors.

Also available at Harvest is a deli style lunch with various soups, sandwiches and pastries from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For customers who are looking for an inexpensive grilled treat, Oliveira also owns Station West Bar and Grill a block west of Harvest Brazilian Grill.

The walls of both restaurants are adorned with artwork from various local and state artists, all of which is for sale. The woodwork stands out amongst the urban d├ęcor.

Station West Bar and Grill specializes in burgers and fries.

Station West Bar and Grill specializes in burgers and fries.

“I am adament about the idea of developing downtown to make it a destination location full of unique restaurants,” said Oliveira.

“Station West has casual dining prices and is a great place to stop for a burger and beer.”

Station West Bar and Grill received its name as an omage to the old days and the important railroad heritage of Mandan and is located in the Old Roundup bar location. They had a “soft” opening on July 16, with a grand opening happening in either December or the beginning of 2014. Although the restaurant has not ran any advertising, word of mouth has gotten several patrons to try out the fresh ground burgers.

The cooks are able to prepare the meat to any desired temperature and deserts are catered in from the Harvest down the street. All deserts are made fresh by the pastry chef, Ashley Torgerson for both restaurants.

Chanel Davis is a server at Station West and said several vegetarians come in to the grill because there are a few vegan items on the menu. For example there are the black bean cakes pictured above.

Chanel Davis is a server at Station West and said several vegetarians come in to the grill because there are a few vegan items on the menu. For example there are the black bean cakes pictured above.

As Station West waits for the grand opening, the Harvest Brazilian Grill is booked with Christmas events such as Santa’s Arrival on Nov. 30, and the Holiday Community Social and Business Showcase on Dec. 3. Look for more information in the Mandan News over the following weeks.

Hours at the Harvest Brazilian Grill are Tuesday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. For reservations call 701-751-4393

Station West Bar and Grill is open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday as well as from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.