Mandan Laughing Sun closed; owner says local businesses need support

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MANDAN, N.D. - The Mandan Laughing Sun location closed its doors on November 8.

The owner of Laughing Sun, Mike Frohlich, says he's disappointed he couldn't keep his Mandan spot open, but is hopeful this will help the Bismarck location thrive.

Frohlich says in the span of a year, his business has grown from one location without a kitchen and an eight-person staff to two locations, two kitchens, catering, and distribution across the state and parts of Minnesota with a 40-person staff.

He says even then, the personnel was spread too thin, so he made the call to close the Mandan restaurant.

He says the city of Mandan was very supportive, but if the residents want local businesses to thrive, they need to support them.

Frohlich is currently looking to sublease the Mandan spot and says he's received interest from a potential new restaurant.