Wendy Reuer, Published August 18 2013
Not the Wurst: German-style pub and restaurant planned for Cityscapes
The Wurst Bier Hall will open on the east end of the plaza at 630 1st Ave. N. in Fargo this fall.
The German beer hall is owned by Lisa Meyers, who along with her husband, Bert, and brother-in-law, Klaus Meyers, comprise Bier Pub LLC. The Meyers brothers currently own and operate Dempsey’s Public House on Broadway and Lisa Meyers is the founder of Bertrosa’s Café in the Black building.
Meyers sold the café last July.
On Wednesday, the Fargo Liquor Control Board will consider transferring Meyers’ class C liquor license, which allows only the sale of beer, from Bertrosa’s to the Wurst Bier Hall.
City Auditor Steve Sprague said Friday that he doesn’t foresee any challenges to the transfer.
Sprague said the German-themed pub is a unique venture for this area.
“We’ve got a couple of bars that call themselves Irish pubs, I haven’t seen anything that is a German-themed pub or beer hall,” he said.
Beer and sausage
Meyers, who is 100 percent German, said Wurst Bier Hall will carry many German brews among the 36 types of beer that will be featured alongside a supple supply of sausage flavors.
But beer and sausage won’t be the only items on the menu. A full kitchen will be open for diners to delve into different delicacies that have always been local favorites like soups and burgers.
“It won’t be all German,” Meyers said.
Outdoor seating is planned until 10 p.m. Inside, Meyers said the seating for about 80 will have an “industrial, contemporary European style” of décor.
Meyers said she chose to open in Cityscapes Plaza due to its modern construction and downtown location.
CityScapes Plaza opened in 2009. The five-floor building boasts roughly 40,000 square feet of retail and commercial space on the first floor and 104 apartments on the upper levels.
Initially, the apartments were marketed to North Dakota State University students and managed by the school.
NDSU also opened a bookstore on the main floor after signing a lease for the retail space through June 30, 2014.
The school managed the apartments for the first year but the partnership with Cityscapes ended after students didn’t fill the building.
The apartments were made public and now remain full, developers said.
NDSU also shut down the bookstore after 1½ years, citing poor sales.
NDSU continues to operate a downtown police substation on the first floor of Cityscapes Plaza and a team of eight researchers from the NDSU Research and Technology Park are currently subleasing the bookstore space.
Paul Johnson, commercial realtor for Cityscapes Development said the west end of the commercial space remains empty but not for long.
Johnson said Friday that Cityscapes officials are currently in talks with developers, but said he could not release details of any projects at this time.
He said restaurants have always been a part of the plaza vision.
“It should be a nice fit for downtown Fargo and we’re very happy to see some activity going in to that building,” Johnson said. “We hope this would help generate additional activity.”
In 2011, Cityscapes Development President Mike Bullinger told The Forum he was negotiating with a neighborhood grocery store to move into the space as well as three restaurants.
Bullinger could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530