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By Heidi Shaffer and Dave Olson, Published January 06 2012

Trade Talk: Moorhead’s I-Beam closing its doors

A Moorhead bar that catered to the gay and lesbian community has closed.

The I-Beam, 1021 Center Ave., opened in 1998.

Its last day of business was New Year’s Eve.

Owner Kurt Kiefer said the business has retired its liquor license, and the building will get a new tenant in February.

He declined to say what type of business will be set up, but he said it will not be hospitality related.

“We’ll make an announcement later in the month about the tenant, but it is a longtime downtown Fargo

business. I am the principal in the new business,” Kiefer said.

He said he has no plans to reopen the I-Beam somewhere else.

Economic outlook

Stephen Moore, an economics writer at the Wall Street Journal and member of the paper’s editorial board, will give the keynote address at the Economic Outlook Forum that will be hosted by The Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 28 at the Fargo Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S.

Moore, a regular commentator for CNBC TV, Fox News Channel and CNN’s weekend program “Your Money,” is expected to discuss economic policy changes over the past two decades and their impact on markets.

He will also discuss how expected Social Security and health care reforms will influence the world financial picture.

Attendees are required to register by going online to www.fmwfchamber.com, or by calling (218) 233-1100.

Cost is $35 for chamber members, $45 for walk-ins.

Breakfast will be served.

Steak and sushi

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi, a traditional Japanese steakhouse, is set to open Tuesday in Fargo.

The business is at 1111 38th St. S., the site of the former Timber Lodge Steakhouse.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 to 10 p.m. for dinner, Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 to 11 p.m. for dinner, Friday; noon to 11 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

It will be the first North Dakota location for the restaurant, which has a number of locations in Minnesota, mostly in the Twin Cities area, said Jason Zhou, general manager of the Fargo location.

There will be a grand opening celebration Feb. 6 at the restaurant.

Firms merge

Davison Larson Associates, a Minot, N.D., design firm, has merged with JLG Architects, a full-service architecture firm with offices in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck in North Dakota and Minnesota offices in Minneapolis and Alexandria.

Lonnie Laffen, JLG president, said DLA’s medical, education and commercial portfolios will complement JLG’s new health care and retail divisions.

“We look forward to expanding these markets together,” Laffen said.

Readers can reach Forum business editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511 and Forum business reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555.