Three years ago, it was a restaurant ranked fifth in the state on a list published online.
Now, it is closed.
The Broken Brick was on the list with restaurants from Fargo, Grand Forks, Napoleon, Minot, Rolla, and Mandan.
The list, titled ‘These 8 restaurants in ND don’t look like much…but wow, they’re good,’ was published on the website OnlyInYourState.com. The website, which publishes content from contributors from all around the country, focuses on various aspects of each state.
In 2016, the owner and operator Patti Juliano said she was excited to hear her establishment had been put on the list. Juliano said she didn’t know it would be listed, no one talked to her or interviewed her prior to the article being published.
“I was excited, I didn’t even know,” Juliano said. “I had no idea.”
Making a mark against cities like Bismarck and Fargo, Juliano said she was happy someone noticed her business.
“I’m thrilled, I’m thrilled that somebody even noticed me,” she said.
It took a phone call from someone to find out about the publicity. Shortly after she had heard the news, she went and looked for herself, and enjoyed what she saw.
“It was pretty cool,” she said.
The author, who only lists her first name, Leah, mentioned Juliano’s tomato soup as the “must-try food” at the Broken Brick. Juliano makes it herself every Friday and Saturday night, and said it is a nice, light side for her customers.
On a rare occasion she will make something else, and that doesn’t stop customers from asking about its availability.
The business had been open since 2010.
(former editor Cole Benz contributed to the story)