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Young family to reopen Wadena Inn & Grill

Photo by Sara Hacking Frank and Ann Qureshi, of Motley, are the new owners of Wadena Inn & Grill along U.S. Highway 10. They plan to have the restaurant and motel reopened in a month to a month and a half.

A young couple from Motley are the proud new owners of Wadena Inn & Grill along U.S. Highway 10. Frank, 32, and Ann, 25, Qureshi will reopen the combination restaurant and motel once legal details are finalized and they can work on the roof and clean up the property. The business has been closed since January.

The name will stay the same, but Wadena Inn & Grill's menu will change a little with all new appetizers. Breakfast will be served all day and there will be a couple different kinds of steaks, Ann said.

Frank has wanted to get in the restaurant business for years but never had a chance, he said. The Qureshis already own Eastwood Inn in Motley and thought this would be a good opportunity.

Ann's father used to own a restaurant.

"It was in the back of our heads so when we looked at this place it was like OK, it's time," Ann said. "Let's put all our excitement into it and see what we can come up with."

Family and friends in the restaurant and hotel business are helping them out, they said.

The couple moved to Motley nearly three years ago. Both Frank and Ann were born in Pakistan and lived in New York City until moving to the area. They wanted to start a family and get into a business outside of New York City, Ann said.

"We came over here and fell in love with the place and that's it," she said. "I think it's a very nice place to raise your children. I think this is just perfect."

The Qureshis have a 2-year-old daughter, Aliza, and are expecting a second child.

Hunting has always appealed to Frank, but city life didn't give him a chance to do that, he said. Since moving to Motley, he's shot a buck and mounted it on his wall. He's done a little bit of fishing, too. Car derbies and rodeos are other things he enjoys about the area.

Frank and Ann expect to open Wadena Inn & Grill for business in a month to a month and a half, they said.

"We are very happy to get this place open and up and running," Ann said. "I hope they will be happy to see us here and like this place."