FARGO - The Tundra Grill is getting ready to heat things up at The Bowler.
The new eatery will open to the public at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in the bowling alley and nightspot at 2630 University Drive S.
Owner Jessica Torres is both nervous and excited for the opening.
“They’ve (the owners of The Bowler) told me it’s going to get busy. People have been waiting,” she said. “My mom has been really supportive of all this. I know what to expect, but I’m scared. I feel like it’s going to be busier than what I’m expecting.”
The Tundra Grill will serve appetizers, wraps, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wings, tacos, and of course, the original recipe Gina’s Pizza.
The grill, which operates out of The Bowler’s existing kitchen, will serve bowling alley and bar patrons and offer takeout, Torres said.
Torres, 42, has been working in the hospitality industry since she was 14.
“I grew up in the restaurant business. My mom (Dee Krause), she ran and owned a bar since 1999,” Torres said.
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Krause own’s Dee’s Bar & Grill in Lidgerwood, N.D.
“My grandparents had a bar. It was kind of like, they’ve always had bars and restaurants, and that’s how I grew up,” Torres said.
The mother of five recently decided that opening The Tundra Grill would be cool.
“I kind of like my own rules and I kind of like the way that I run things. And I decided that now would be a really good opportunity to get my younger kids involved in a family business,” Torres said. Her husband will also be involved, she said.
The timing is good to start a grill, Torres said. The coronavirus pandemic is getting under control and she’ll have the summer to prepare for the next bowling season.
“I think it’s the perfect timing with COVID, and also with coming off of a big season. It’s slower this time of year so it will help us get adjusted and be ready” for next fall and winter, Torres said.
To fill in slow periods this summer, Torres said she is considering catering events.
A full menu is available online at thetundragrillfargo.com.