FARGO - Fargo Billiards & Gastropub is reopening with new owners.
Amanda Kaloustian and her husband, Colte, plus other unnamed investors tentatively plan to reopen the recreation and dining establishment Feb. 26, Amber Kaloustian said Monday, Feb. 1.
Kaloustian is the former assistant general manager of Fargo Billiards & Gastropub.
“We’ve got lots of work to do to get there,” Kaloustian said, as she readied herself for reupholstering the facility’s seating.
“We’ll have billiards, ping pong, foosball, darts … an activity for everybody,” said Kaloustian, who had started at the business 10 years ago.
She said menu changes will bring back some old favorites, such as jalapeno poppers and the strawberry burger.
“We miss you guys. We can’t wait to see you back,” she said. “We’re excited.”
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A Saturday, Jan. 30, Facebook post urged people to start booking events, including outdoor events in the Gastropub backyard for groups “up to several hundred,” as well as rehearsal dinners, company lunches, reunions and birthday celebrations. Registration will be starting soon for the sand volleyball league, which is expected to start in early May.
The business at 3234 43rd St. S. was closed in mid-November by then owners Mike and Adele Page.
Mike page said the business was a victim of the restrictions on the size of gatherings and worries tied to the coronavirus pandemic.
The last night was Nov. 14.
Page said that in normal winter months, such as December and January, leading up to and bookending the holiday season, 4,000 or more people would cycle through the doors weekly for business, retirement and family events. But due to worries about the pandemic, many firms were backing away from large gatherings. It has hamstrung the business model for the huge eating and entertainment emporium.
"It's unfortunate. We're really a place that absolutely relies on big gatherings," Page told The Forum. "At this time of year, we rely on having many reservations from large- and mid-sized employers bringing people together."
Page said it "is a COVID thing. ... The problem here really is the virus."
Fargo Billiards & Gastropub first opened in August 2009. It is a 28,500-square-foot facility for games and dining, with an outdoor area for volleyball, and a large patio. There is also a 3,000-square-foot raised lounge and rooms to accommodate smaller gatherings.