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Tracy Frank, Published September 09 2009

Hub Club to reopen as Playmakers

Playmakers sports bar, which closed in 2007, is reopening this week in The Hub Entertainment Complex in Fargo.

It replaces Hub Club, the facility’s current sports bar.

“It’s just bringing a little bit back of what we used to have,” said Andrea Munson, The Hub marketing and promotions director. “Most people still tend to call the sports bar Playmakers.”

Along with Playmakers, Renelli’s Pizza is also returning, Munson said.

Playmakers was a popular restaurant, nightclub and entertainment venue from 1991 to 2007.

It closed with a mock funeral in November 2007 and opened later in the month, after a $2 million renovation, as The Hub, a facility that houses seven separate bars, clubs and restaurants.

Steve Dye of West Fargo, once a loyal Playmakers customer who visited the establishment two to three nights per week, said he is looking forward to the return of his old haunt.

“Playmakers had such a strong name and strong following in town,” he said.

Bringing Playmakers back might also help bring some of the old crowd back, he said.

“There were always a lot of people that you knew,” Dye said. “Playmakers used to be a place where it wasn’t just about college kids.”

With the changes, the businesses in The Hub will be: Cadillac Ranch country bar and dance hall, Renelli’s Pizza, Playmakers sports bar, Prime casino and ultra lounge, Vibe contemporary dance club, Forbidden Asian-inspired pub and The Monkey Bar. Vibe, Forbidden and The Monkey Bar comprise The Venue concert area.

The Hub has planned a Playmakers grand reopening Thursday through Sunday.

The four-day event will include a ribbon-cutting, drink specials, free pizza, tailgating and a chili cook-off. The Johnny Holm Band is scheduled to kick off the opening with a live outdoor concert Thursday at 8 p.m.

“People are excited,” Munson said. “We’re expecting a big weekend.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526