Moorhead company to run restaurant, other food and drink options at Fargo's Rose Creek Golf Course
Fargo Park Board votes 4-0 to contract with developer Andy Skatvold and Kjerbeersten LLC open the 19th Hole at Rose Creek starting in April.
FARGO — Another business is taking a swing at running a full-service bar and restaurant at Rose Creek Public Golf Course .
The Fargo Park Board has approved a lease for Minnesota-based Kjerbeersten LLC to operate the 19th Hole at Rose Creek, as well as a quick-serve grill kiosk, and beverage carts at the golf course at 1500 E. Rose Creek Parkway S.
Kjerbeersten is run by Moorhead developer Andy Skatvold and his wife, Kjersten Skatvold. They own the 99 Bottles liquor store in downtown Moorhead, and Kjerbeersten also provides food and drink for The Meadows and Village Green golf courses in south Moorhead.
The Park Board voted 4-0, with one abstention (board member Aaron Hill), during a special board meeting Monday, Jan. 30, at the Park District’s downtown main offices in the former Northern Pacific Depot.
“It’s kind of a breakthrough for us and we’re looking forward to their great success,” Park Board President Dawn Morgan said.
“We’re certainly excited to work with an established restaurant” that also runs food service at the Moorhead public golf courses, Board Vice President Joe Deutsch said. “We’re looking forward to a great summer of food and beverages for our Rose Creek golfers.”
Skatvold said that operating the Rose Creek facilities is a good fit for his business.
“Our team of very experienced business and food operation professionals looks forward to growing our business in the Fargo market,” Skatvold said. “Our focus is to provide the best possible service and experience for golfers and special events during the season.”
The contract calls for the 19th Hole at Rose Creek to operate during the golf season, generally April 1 to at least Oct. 31. Winter hours are not included, though the lease allows Kjerbeersten to expand the number of days that the 19th Hole would operate.
The rent will be 12% of gross sales for the first two years of operation. After year two, the percentage can increase to 15% of sales of $500,000.01 to $750,000, and 18% for sales above $750,000.
The initial term of the lease is for five golf seasons. There are also two renewal options of five golf seasons each.
Kjerbeersten isn’t obligated to offer charitable gaming, however, if it does decide to do so, the contract says the Fargo Park District Foundation has the right of first refusal to offer charitable gaming.
Skatvold said he doesn’t plan to run charitable gaming.
“It’s not on our radar … (but) we’re not opposed to it,” Skatvold said.
The Park District is providing a turnkey restaurant operation, with full restaurant equipment on site including dishes and flatware, and it will cover the cost of utilities, maintenance, and repair of equipment and building.
Any additional fit-up will be the responsibility of Kjerbeersten.
Kjerbeersten will run a full-service restaurant during the golf season, including full food and beverage service for the general public, wedding rehearsal dinners, receptions, group luncheons or a Sunday breakfast buffet.
Skatvold is a well-known Moorhead developer, having developed the Mallard Creek housing subdivision and Bridgeview Plaza. He also redeveloped the Wright Building in the city’s downtown, which is home to Swing Barrel Brewing Co. and several other businesses.
Legends Sports Bar & Grill used to operate at Rose Creek and the Class FA Golf liquor license is held by Livin’ The Dream, the limited liability company which did business as Legends.
The lease says Kjerbeersten can negotiate a lawful transfer of the liquor license. The contract also says that the lease is subject to Kjerbeersten obtaining the proper liquor and food licenses.
Legends closed its doors at Rose Creek on Oct. 29, 2022.
It was in March 2021 that the Park District announced that Moorhead residents and restaurateurs Marissa West and Cody Parr were taking over operation of the bar and restaurant from Kelly Visto. Visto had operated his Big Erv’s at Rose Creek bar and restaurant at the site since 2019.
West and Parr also own Legends Bar & Grill in south Moorhead, which they founded in 2018.
It was in February 2018, that the Park District approved the $1.3 million purchase of the Seasons at Rose Creek.
Seasons was a privately owned restaurant and wedding venue.
Seasons opened in the early 1990s and had been closed for about two years at the time of the sale.