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Published April 15, 2011, 12:00 AM

Mosaic catering moves into former Silver Moon space downtown

FARGO – For a time, Mosaic Foods changed locations so often that owners Eric and Sara Watson joke that the catering service was playing “musical kitchens,” hopping in and out of a handful of different venues.

FARGO – For a time, Mosaic Foods changed locations so often that owners Eric and Sara Watson joke that the catering service was playing “musical kitchens,” hopping in and out of a handful of different venues.

When they bought Maxwells in West Fargo two years ago, they settled into a more permanent home – but also a more cramped one because the catering operation was sharing a kitchen with the restaurant.

“It was getting too crowded,” Sara Watson said.

After striking a deal to expand into the ground floor of 309 Roberts Street – vacant since the Silver Moon supper club closed last October – they’ll have a little more breathing room.

The Watsons began work on the space this week. They’re moving the catering business into the kitchen and turning the dining room into an event venue.

“We’ve been hoping for an event center for two years now,” Eric Watson said. “We really desperately wanted to get downtown again.”

The venue has capacity for about 100 guests. It won’t be a restaurant (not yet, anyway – Sara says she can envision adding brunch, a bar or food service down the road) – but it’ll retain the look and feel of the departed Silver Moon. The clamshell booths, throwback chandeliers, and most of the other trappings will stay.

In addition to housing the catering business, the kitchen will host Mosaic’s seasonal cooking classes – a good fit, Sara said, for a room with floor-to-ceiling windows and an abundance of natural light.

“It’s not a dungeon kitchen,” she said. “A lot of kitchens are.”

She also said the opportunity to acquire the furnishings and equipment left behind by the abruptly shuttered restaurant – from plates to cutlery to kitchen equipment – helped seal the deal (though no one has quite figured out what to do with the ample stock of wine and liquor left over).

Mike Allmendinger, general manager of the Kilbourne Group, which owns the building, said he’s excited to bring in Mosaic.

“It’s creating unique opportunities for events in downtown Fargo,” he said. “This concept is going to be perfect for the building.” He also said he’s pleased with the turnaround time – six months nearly to the day – from the closing of the Silver Moon to the arrival of Mosaic, which has a five-year deal for the space.

The Watsons plan to open the new space May 1, just in time for their busiest catering and event month of the year. They’ve al­ready booked five events for the venue, Eric said: two birthday parties, a groom’s dinner, a wedding, and a high school graduation party.

The guest of honor for that last event “says it’s going to be the best party ever,” he said.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Marino Eccher at (701) 241-5502

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