FARGO - Let the games begin!

Fargo Billiards & Gastropub is reopening, with the fun starting at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

For Amanda Kaloustian, who spent 10 years working her way up to assistant general manager under the previous owners, Fargo Billiards was a second home, and she wasn’t going to let it go easily.

Not long after Fargo Billiards closed in mid-November - unable to turn a profit due to COVID-19 restrictions - she and her husband, Colte, and others in an ownership group, began working with their bank and former owners Mike and Adele Page to buy the business.

“We created a family here,” Amanda said Wednesday, Feb. 24. “It’s more than just a pool hall. It’s more than just a bar. The workers, the customers, they’re family.”

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Amanda and Colte spent the last few weeks cleaning, painting, swapping out televisions, and in general repairing and upgrading the popular pool, volleyball, darts, and dining spot at 3234 43rd St. S.

Fargo Billiards & Gastropub offers a wide range of games in its roomy, 28,500-square-foot building, and volleyball and nice weather relaxation in its 24,000-square-foot outdoor patio. There are also a number of rooms available for meetings, parties and other events.

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There’s billiards, ping pong, darts, bean bag (cornhole), foosball, air hockey, pinball, and shuffleboard. And when players aren’t playing, they can take advantage of the full bar and food service.

Electronic dart games await players at Fargo Billiards & Gastropub. The southside gaming and dining establishment is reopening under new ownership on Friday, Feb. 26. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)
Electronic dart games await players at Fargo Billiards & Gastropub. The southside gaming and dining establishment is reopening under new ownership on Friday, Feb. 26. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

Charitable gaming, including blackjack, electronic pull-tabs and other games, will be run by the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley.

Fargo Billiards is giving Colte a fresh start in a new career. He had been a travel agent for Cruise.com for more than 10 years. But like others in the hospitality industry, he was sidelined by the pandemic.

“We both got hit hard by it,” Colte said. But he was won over by Amanda’s vision for bringing back Fargo Billiards.

“It’s a cool place,” Colte said. “She knew the industry. We figured, here’s the change.”

Amanda is confident the pandemic is at a turning point and Fargo Billiards can turn a profit moving forward.

“The numbers (of infections and deaths) are going down, vaccinations are around the corner,” she said. “People are ready to live their lives again.”

Fargo Billiards & Gastropub is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

For more, see fargobilliards.com or on their Facebook page.