FARGO — A Fargo real estate business plans to ask the Fargo Liquor Control Board on Wednesday, Oct. 20, to approve its purchase of Africa International Restaurant and Nightclub's liquor license.

According to the board's agenda, the transfer and sale of the license would be to 518 Properties, a company owned by Fargo commercial realtor Tyler Brandt.

The Fargo City Commission, which must make a final decision on the license transfer, gave the nightclub 30 days during a special meeting on Sept. 20 to sell the license or have it revoked and sent back to the city.

Despite a recommendation from the liquor board to give the club another 30 days to revise its management and business plan, commissioners continued to raise concerns about safety and the bar operating under the same ownership.

City leaders initially suspended the license on July 1 after Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski warned of public safety troubles at the establishment, including an unsolved fatal shooting of a club bouncer in a nearby parking lot in May.

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Mayor Tim Mahoney said Brandt plans to keep the business open as Africa at its current site at 4554 Seventh Ave. S., but under a new management team.

Brandt would also be the new owner of the liquor license, which previously had been held by Mbulla Brown and Corey Schultz. Brown was planning to be the new manager before the City Commission ordered the sale or revocation.

Brandt, a licensed realtor and Fargo native who owns the Brandt Crossing housing and commercial development in southwest Fargo and other businesses, didn't respond to several phone calls from The Forum seeking comment.

The city of Fargo sells Class A alcoholic beverage licenses to bars and restaurants for $110,000, but Mahoney said licenses can sell for anywhere from $250,000 to $300,000 on the open market.

If the commission revokes the license, Brown and Schultz will not be able to recoup any of the money they spent obtaining it.

Africa got its liquor license in 2019 after the Liquor Control Board, city auditor and police recommended the license be denied over concerns about the applicants' criminal histories and credit issues.

The restaurant has remained open during its liquor license suspension and is open until 8:30 p.m. nightly for meals and take-out.