FARGO-The long wait is almost over for a new bar, grilled cheese bistro, and seafood and cheese market in the heart of downtown.
Rosey's Bistro, 212 Broadway, is finishing up a more than yearlong renovation of the former Boerth's Gallery and D'Vine wine bar spaces as it prepares for an early March opening on the main floor of Kilbourne Group's Loretta Building.
It won't be the only place to get a meal or drink downtown, but operating partner Tim "Rosey" Rosendahl said it will be something new in the community that will bring local food and beverage options to the next level.
"We've all watched and waited and watched Rosey's grow," he said. "It's been a year of construction and a year of creativity, but this is like a work of art."
Rosendahl said there won't be a big grand opening. Instead, when the final work is done and Rosey's is ready, he'll open the doors and start serving customers. To keep up with the bistro's progress, visit www.facebook.com/roseysfargo.
Boerth's Gallery closed in July 2015, while the D'Vine wine bar along Roberts Alley remained open for a few more months before closing. Rosendahl, a Fargo native and well-known chef, announced his plans to turn it into Rosey's in November 2015 and said his new concept could be open by February 2016.
Rosey's did open temporarily as a grilled cheese pop-up restaurant about a year ago before closing for a quick renovation. It's taken longer than was planned, but he said the wait has been worth it as the business partners have "added a lot more dimension" to the original concept.
A major renovation that's nearly complete modernized the more than century-old space, adding high-tech screens to display menus, and LED lighting that can change colors.
Many of the upgrades won't be visible, such as a complete overhaul of the plumbing and electrical systems, and an improved heating and cooling system.
Even with these modern upgrades, Rosendahl said he wanted to retain the building's original character. That includes exposed brick walls and rafters, an old hardwood floor and the use of old furniture, such as turning the building's original safe into a hostess station.
The space, which has room for about 165 patrons, also boasts industrial and reclaimed elements, such as a reclaimed pallet wood accent wall, custom-built cottonwood tables with solid steel legs and galvanized steel accents on the bar.
There's a grand piano in the main space, which is known as Rosey's on Broadway, as well as a jukebox and room to host live acoustic music. The former D'Vine space will be known as Rosey's on Roberts Alley and will serve as a quiet place for adults to eat or get a drink.
Customers can pick up seafood, fish and cheese, and cheese items to make or eat at home, such as cheese souffles, cheese desserts and appetizers, cheese fondues and more from the "chef-drive" cheese and seafood market.
Or, diners can eat at the restaurant, choosing from an assortment of grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese plates, fresh oysters, clams casino, house-made sodas and more. There'll also be coolers at the front where patrons can get quick lunches to go.
Rosendahl said Rosey's will first be open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, but he plans to increase the hours to include breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night grilled cheese sandwiches seven days a week once it gets up and running and has a full staff of about 25.
The bistro will never be a burger joint, taco shop or a sushi shop, he said. Instead, Rosey's will be a place for families or adults to gather for food, drinks and a good time in a historic building that's almost ready to serve as a new hangout and retail market.
"I hope to bring a unique experience to downtown Fargo," he said.