FARGO - Brew Bird is edging closer to opening its roost.

Shelby Terstriep, a partner in the restaurant on the west edge of downtown Fargo, said the restaurant, which promises "funky fried chicken," is tentatively set to fully open by the first weekend in September.

A menu taste testing session was held in late July and another taste testing is scheduled in August, with perhaps a couple of soft opening days near the end of the month, she said Friday, Aug. 2.

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“We’re getting there,” Terstriep said, adding that she thinks people will crow about the chicken.

“We’ll do fried chIcken … and specialty chicken sandwiches and great sides, including different types of slaws,” she said. There will also be macaroni and cheese, flavored waffles with flavored butter, and soft serve ice cream.

“It’s going to be a fast casual place. You’ll order at the counter and we’ll have indoor/outdoor seating when it’s nice. Just a real family vibe, but it will transition into late night as well,” Terstriep said. Takeout will also be an option..

Diners take part in a taste testing at the Brew Bird restaurant in late July. The restaurant at 30 N. University Drive, Fargo, may begin a soft opening in late August and is tentatively scheduled to run its regular hours starting in early September. (Brittany Walsh / Special to The Forum)
Diners take part in a taste testing at the Brew Bird restaurant in late July. The restaurant at 30 N. University Drive, Fargo, may begin a soft opening in late August and is tentatively scheduled to run its regular hours starting in early September. (Brittany Walsh / Special to The Forum)

Brew Bird is at 30 N. University Drive, in the former Daran's Southern Soul Food restaurant building.

She said the restaurant may start with limited hours, Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight. Hours and days will be extended depending on customer demand.

Terstriep said parking shouldn’t be an issue, with a number of spaces on 13½ Street, and a block southeast by Wild Terra. Also, there is parking available in the lots of nearby businesses lots after normal business hours.

The location along North University Drive should be especially busy during the supper hour, she said.

“There’s a lot of traffic going through there. We envision that it’s on the way home for a lot of people, so with the type of food we’re serving, it’s great for kids,” Terstriep said.

She encourages people to follow @brewbirdfargo on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates on when the eatery will open.

“We’re excited. It’s a fun venue and it’s a fun energy in there,” she said, promising to serve some tasty cluck for your buck.

Construction on the 701 restaurant, planned for 701 N. University Drive, is expected to start in coming weeks, one of the partners in the venture said Friday, Aug. 2. Plans for the restaurant now include an elevator and a larger rooftop bar and patio. (Special to The Forum)
Construction on the 701 restaurant, planned for 701 N. University Drive, is expected to start in coming weeks, one of the partners in the venture said Friday, Aug. 2. Plans for the restaurant now include an elevator and a larger rooftop bar and patio. (Special to The Forum)

Terstriep and her partners also expect to break ground soon on the 701 restaurant, at 701 N. University.

Plans for the restaurant, on the site of the former Rosie’s Laundromat building, are nearing the end of the permitting process with the city of Fargo, she said.

“We should be starting that any day here,” Terstriep said. Much of the interior design was finalized Friday, Aug. 2, she said.

“We ended up doing a full redesign and ended up getting some restaurant designers to help as well. … It took longer and we ended up adding an elevator,” and a larger rooftop bar area and patio, she said.

Completion of construction on 701 will likely slide into late spring or early summer.

“We’re ecstatic on where it's going to end up. So, it’s worth it,” Terstriep said.