WDAY: The News Leader

Published April 28, 2014, 12:11 PM

UPDATE: John Alexander’s moving to Fargo, space in Moorhead reportedly to be filled

MOORHEAD – John Alexander’s in downtown Moorhead is heading to Fargo.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

MOORHEAD – John Alexander’s in downtown Moorhead is heading to Fargo.

In preparation for the move, the restaurant served its last meals Saturday and is now closed.

The same is true for the Juano’s express next door and the John Alexander’s lounge, which are all located in the Kassenborg Block on Main Avenue in Moorhead.

John Alexander’s opened in 2008 at 315 Main Ave.

Juan Mondragon, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Annele, said they will be moving John Alexander’s sometime in the next several weeks, along with the Juano’s express operation and the John Alexander’s lounge.

Mondragon said he is aware of a business that plans to move into the Kassenborg Block in the spaces being vacated, but he said he wasn’t in a position to share more about that development.

In recent months, the Mondragons have looked at making a number of changes involving businesses they operate, including their flagship restaurant, Juano’s, in downtown Fargo.

The couple said in February that they were considering closing the downtown restaurant and moving the full-service Mexican restaurant to the Kassenborg Block in Moorhead.

However, they decided against that and in March they announced Juano’s was staying in Fargo.

Chuck Chadwick, executive director of the Moorhead Business Association, said he had heard there will be a new business moving into the Kassenborg Block, but he wasn’t able to offer specifics.

He described the departure of John Alexander’s as “a loss for Moorhead, Minn.”

Moorhead’s economic development director, Matt Maslowski, said he wasn’t privy to what might be going into the Kassenborg Block, but he said there has been keen interest in downtown Moorhead lately and he’s excited about what 2014 will bring as far as new businesses settling in.

“Stay tuned,” he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555