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Business Buzz: Brew Bird building for sale, Fargo entrepreneur to hold pop-up museum night

While their building may be for sale, Brew Bird plans to stay right where they are. Plus, a Fargo entrepreneur from the Builders and Backers Idea Accelerator puts his idea to the test.

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Brew Bird, located at 30 University Drive North in downtown Fargo, is seen on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Brew Bird announced via Facebook on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 that the landlord listed the property for sale but they won't be going anywhere "for the foreseeable future."
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FARGO — Although their building is listed for sale, Brew Bird has promised patrons they aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

That assertion is according to a Facebook post the restaurant shared Friday, Jan. 6, shortly after signage was posted in front of the restaurant and a sale listing appeared online.

"Though our landlord has listed our building, do not fear — we aren’t going anywhere!" the post read. "We are here to serve you all the funky fried chicken you can handle for the foreseeable future!"

According to the online listing, the building at 300 N. University Drive is for sale at a price of $650,000. The 2,000-square-foot building constructed in 1948 is described as a retail "investment property."

"Beautiful downtown restaurant building. Situated directly on University Drive with 14,000 vehicles passing by daily. Completely renovated throughout and new commercial kitchen. Tenant lease in place. Excellent future owner/occupant opportunity," the listing reads.

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Brew Bird first opened at the location in September of 2019. It was previously the home of Daran's Southern Soul Food.

The Forum inquired with both Brew Bird and Core Property Group, the company listed on for-sale signage, but did not receive a response.

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Local entrepreneur to host pop-up museum night

Fargo entrepreneur and former CIA officer Will Cromarty is set to host the first of a series of pop-up museum nights at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Fargo Brewing Company.

Cromarty is a participant in the fall cohort of the Builders and Backers Idea Accelerator . The program is organized by Heartland Forward, a nonprofit economic development organization, and is intended to uncover problem-solving ideas across America's Heartland.

Saturday's event will be the first of three planned for 2023. According to a press release, the pop-up will have "an eclectic collection of retro artifacts ranging from space to spies and will have live music by DJ 1PrettyRicky."

Cromarty created the Museum Incubator, which has the goal of bringing educational experiences in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the metro area. The rotating "micro-museums" are designed so residents can test-run their museum exhibitions as a trial for potential long-term museum showcases, the press release explained.

The Builders and Backers Idea Accelerator is sponsored in Fargo by Grand Farm and Emerging Prairie. The fall cohort offered $5,000 for 10 North Dakota residents to put their ideas to the test. The 90-day program includes 45 days for learning how to turn ideas into a reality and another 45 days to experiment.

Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at awieck@forumcomm.com
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