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Fargo's Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse to close

The bar, known for drinks and dancing, announced the closure via Facebook Wednesday afternoon, May 25.

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Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse, seen here Wednesday, May 25 at 1201 Westrac Drive in Fargo, is set to close Saturday, June 4.
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FARGO — Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse, located at 1201 Westrac Drive in Fargo, is set to permanently close its doors Saturday, June 4.

The business announced the closing via Facebook Wednesday afternoon, May 25.

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Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse will close Saturday, June 4.
Screenshot via Facebook

"It is with a heavy heart I announce that after 30 years Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse in Fargo will be closing it's doors for good!" the post read. "We will be partying hard until then so make sure you come on out and see all of us one last time!"

The post called on patrons to stop in on June 4 for one final "last call" at the bar, which was known for drinks and dancing.

"We appreciate everyone and their support throughout the years," the post concluded. "Thank you for all the memories."

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Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse has an additional location at 118 South 3rd St. in Bismarck.

Warren Ackley, owner of Borrowed Bucks and other local bars and restaurants, said the timing was right to close the book on Borrowed Bucks. "We've been in business for 31 years and I'm getting a little older and the nightclub business has changed a little bit," he told The Forum. "We've had a great run and I just think it's time to do something different."

That could mean either a new concept at the site, something different entirely or selling off the property. A firm decision has yet to be reached on the future.

Ackley took pride in the 31-year run Borrowed Bucks enjoyed. The business opened Dec. 26, 1991, he said. "31 years in the bar business is amazing," he remarked. He also reflected with fondness on several of the promotions Borrowed Bucks held over the years, from Harley Davidson motorcycle giveaways and cow-painted "Cattle-lac" Cadillac giveaways.

Ackley also credited the "good people" that still work at Borrowed Bucks and said the business will hold a special place in his heart. "I still love the place and love the look," he commented. "It's been a great place and I feel very proud to have said we've had Borrowed Bucks for 31 years."

Ackley said that COVID-19 hurt the business, but it wasn't the sole factor in the closure. "Since the pandemic, it was just hard to get our traction back," he said. "I'm not going to blame it all on the pandemic, but we were closed for a time and could only open up until 10 o'clock. That doesn't work at a place that's just a straight bar set-up."

June 4 will mark the final day in business for Borrowed Bucks, but Ackley said the next chapter at the site is unwritten. "It'll evolve into something else," he concluded. "This is the end of Borrowed Bucks."

Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over three years, primarily reporting on business news. He's also the host of the InForum Business Beat podcast, which can be streamed at InForum.com/podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reach him at tevanella@forumcomm.com or by calling 701-241-5518. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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