Downtown Fargo's Hotel Donaldson to reopen bar and restaurant, but no timeline given

A hotel employee says that work is underway to reopen the HoDo's lounge, which will be followed sometime later by the restaurant. The bar and restaurant have been closed since August 2020, though the hotel reopened in September.

The Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo. The lounge and restaurant will be reopening at the HoDo, an employee said Monday, July 12, 2021, however he did not share any dates. (Forum File Photo)
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FARGO - The bar and restaurant at the Hotel Donaldson will be reopening, but a date has not yet been released for either, an experience host for the hotel said Monday, July 12.

“We don’t have an opening date yet. The restaurant is probably going to be a little longer (of a wait to open) than the bar,” Brendan Castronuovo said. “We’re working on getting the bar open right now. We don’t have an opening date yet, but it’s coming.”

The downtown hotel has been operating since early September, but the bar and restaurant have remained dark since closing in March of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Forum has left messages over the last few months seeking comment from HoDo owner Karen Stoker, but has not received a response.



The HoDo is seeing a lot more competition downtown.
The Jasper Hotel and its Rosewild restaurant and lounge held its grand opening June 24.

The opening of the 125-room boutique hotel at 215 Broadway (in the RDO Building) was praised by city officials.

"It's a major, huge step forward," Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said at the time "Now we have a couple choices people can stay downtown. I think we'll have a lot more people downtown, exploring downtown, exploring Fargo."

The Jasper is part of the Chicago-based Aparium Hotel Group.

Earlier this year, work was completed on updating the Radisson Hotel at 201 5th St. N. , turning it into an “upper upscale” Radisson Blu concept.

Brandt Hospitality poured $6 million into the 151-room hotel (not including infrastructure work) to give it a contemporary European feel.

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