Downtown restaurant closing for several months; building will be demolished and replaced with a new one

    The Crookston Subway is closing its doors today (Tuesday) and will remain closed until mid-2019 when they’ll reopen with a new building. Demolition starts in early December at the corner of North Main & 6th Street and construction should tentatively wrap up by June, Building Inspector Matt Johnson told the Times.

    The new Subway building will also feature a drive-thru lane.

    “It’s going to be rebuilt on the same lot farther north,” Johnson explained. “The drive-thru will have people pull in off Main and wrap around the north side of the building and come back out on the west side.”

    “They may be eliminating the one access off 6th Street, but might still have alley-way access,” he added.

    Johnson says the only permit that has been issued by the city is the permit for the shell (exterior) and Subway is waiting for the health department for the rest.

    Crookston Subway owner, Neil Ebeling, also owns Subway restaurants in Grand Forks and Thief River Falls. The downtown Grand Forks Subway restaurant closed in October 2017 citing poor traffic and sales, and the Subway on South Washington Street in Grand Forks is moving 12 blocks north to the former Starbucks building across from Taco Bell.