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'We're so ready': West Fargo's newest bar set to open this month

blvd. chef Chandra Smith, left, bar manager Kathryn Olson and general manager Joe Wavra anticipate the new bar on Veterans Blvd. in West Fargo to open by the end of May or in early June. Josh Francis/The Pioneer

WEST FARGO — The Blvd Pub off Veterans Boulevard in West Fargo is nearly complete. The bar management is nervous but excited about the opening, which is tentatively slated for the end of May or early June.

"We're so ready," said Blvd Pub chef Chandra Smith.

Bar manager Kathryn Olson said the weeks leading up to the opening are stressful, but everyone is ready to do what they were hired to do.

Blvd Pub, at 3147 Bluestem Drive, is the latest arrival to a growing area that includes other bars such as Pub West, Spicy Pie and a new brewery called Flatland Brewery, set to open in July.

"I think we're coming in as this area develops," said Blvd Pub general manager Joe Wavra. "There's going to be more businesses moving in, and we're looking to capitalize on happy hours, lunches, all of it."

The new 10,000-square-foot building stands out in its location off Veterans Boulevard. "We want a laid-back, fun atmosphere," Olson said. "That's huge, for the bar especially. I know a lot of people are like, 'Oh, it looks so nice, it's going to be ritzy.' It's nice, but it's not going to be pretentious when you walk in here."

Wavra said Blvd Pub is a bar, not a restaurant, but he said the food will lure customers.

He hired Smith, who has had a culinary career that included stops at the Ramada Plaza & Suites in Fargo and the Radisson in downtown Fargo.

"We're going to try to do as much as possible from scratch, just to make sure it's actual bar food, not (bad) bar food," Smith said. "I like to do really unique stuff, and that's kind of hard for around here ... so the menu is pretty simple."

Wavra said the menu might be simple, but it will stand out.

"Our food has a nice spin to it. It's going to be fun to see," he said. The menu includes cheese curds, burgers, pickle fries, salads and some desserts. He said the early goal will be to listen to the customers and let them decide what they want to see on the menu and on tap.

The bar will feature more than 24 taps featuring a variety of beers, including locally brewed beers. The bar has an upstairs patio, a room for private parties, more than 20 TVs and seating for more than 200 patrons.

Blvd Pub is owned by five Fargo-area natives, including Wavra. It will employ about 45 people, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.

Josh Francis

Josh is a general assignment reporter for The Forum and the sports reporter for the West Fargo Pioneer. Josh previously interned as a reporter for the Reading Eagle in Reading, Penn. and worked as a freelance reporter for the Orange County Register in California. He welcomes story ideas via email or phone. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to letters@forumcomm.com.

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