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84 Italian Steakhouse opens in downtown Fargo's Radisson Blu

Steaks take center stage on the fine dining restaurant's menu, complemented by gourmet Italian cuisine and seafood.

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The 84 Italian Steakhouse opens to the public Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 in downtown Fargo's Radisson Blu hotel. (Radisson Blu Photo)
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FARGO - The Radisson Blu aims to fill two downtown dining needs with the opening of 84 Italian Steakhouse.

The fine dining restaurant opens to the public Tuesday evening, Nov. 16.

“It’s very exciting and it’s innovative and it’s going to be a great addition to downtown,” guest experience manager Monte Jones said Sunday, Nov. 14.

The closing of Toscana in April 2020 ended its 14-year run as a well-loved Italian option. And there are currently no steakhouse specialists downtown, the longtime Fargo and New York restaurateur said. Those are the gaps 84 Italian Steakhouse is well-placed to fill, he said.

Executive Chef Ryan Shearer, formerly of the HoDo, “is just brilliant,” Jones said.

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“Chef Ryan - I have never worked with someone as innovative as he is. He has a way of looking at items and seeing and presenting them in an enticing different way than has ever been done before,” Jones said.

The wine selection will also be stellar, he promises, thanks to certified sommelier Alex Chubaty.

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“Our wine list is truly international. He’s (Chubaty) curated a list that has wines literally from every wine producing region on every continent.”
The restaurant also has a wine preservation system that allows people to buy individual glasses of wine.

“So you can have one glass of wine from a $300 bottle of wine. It may cost you $50, but you don’t have to buy the whole bottle,” Jones said.

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Monte Jones is the guest experience manager of 84 Italian Steakhouse, which opens to the public Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in the Radisson Blu hotel in downtown Fargo. Helmut Schmidt / The Forum

The 84 Italian Steakhouse replaces the restaurant side of Level 2 Eats + Drinks. The lounge side will eventually be rebranded as BLU BAR.

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Steaks take center stage on the restaurant's menu , complemented by gourmet Italian cuisine and seafood.

Appetizers run from $10 to $16. Salads are $12-$13. Burgers and sandwiches range from $12 to $16. The entrees are dominated by meats and seafood, running $25 to $40. Pastas range from $14 to $17, with an additional charge of $5 to $12 for proteins. There is also a selection of desserts.

Breakfast is available daily, served 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Dinner at 84 Italian Steakhouse is served 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, subject to change depending on staffing. It is closed Sundays and Mondays.

A seating touch familiar to those who had been in the Silver Moon supper club are the stylish art deco-style banquettes. Jones wanted the “clamshell” style booths because “everyone loves them.”

Jones has been a familiar face for Fargo diners for nearly two decades, having started fine dining favorites Monte’s Downtown and the Silver Moon, before moving on to Basie’s Restaurant and Lounge and Urban 42, in what is now Delta Hotels by Marriott on the city’s south side.

Jones says the opening of 84 Italian Steakhouse will bring his culinary journey full circle, adding that soft opening nights held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13, were filled with familiar faces.

“The guests who joined us … the politicians, professors and business owners … it was just so wonderful to see all these people that I’ve known so long that are still interested in whatever the hell it is I’m doing. It just couldn’t have been any better,” Jones said. “I feel like I’m back where I belong.”

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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