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Published December 02 2010

Hector’s food vendor to add bar

Hector International Airport’s new food vendor is moving ahead with plans to open a bar in the post-security departure area so passengers can buy a drink while waiting to board their flights in Fargo.

The plan by CBM Managed Services calls for vacating the current coffee kiosk at Gate 3 and opening up a new area in Gate 4 featuring Caribou Coffee, a small bar area and Marlin’s Express, a made-to-order food service.

Construction will start after Jan. 1 and should take about a month, said Devin Mogck, project manager for T.L. Stroh Architects of Fargo, which was hired by CBM to design the project.

The new features will fill a recessed area currently used for seating.

“It’s perfect. We just kind of screen off the front area and use that for the bar portion and the express food,” Mogck said.

The bar, called Red River Brewing Co., will occupy two-thirds of the space, with four to six high-top tables, flat-screen TVs and arrival/departure displays, Mogck said.

“It’s going to have kind of a bar feel, but it’s going to be pretty intimate,” he said.

CBM first proposed the bar in August, when the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based firm won the contract to be the airport’s food vendor when longtime Barnstormer restaurant owner Pete Haug retires Jan. 1.

The airport’s existing liquor license will cover the bar, Dobberstein said.

In another change, the gift shop kiosk operated by Sheryll and Kevin Clapp will relocate to the Gate 3 area vacated by the coffee kiosk, Dobberstein said.

Airport officials hope to have the new services available in the first quarter of next year, he said.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done in that space,” he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528