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Erik Burgess, Published September 30 2013

Billiards hall primed for return to Broadway in downtown Fargo

FARGO – Downtown could be getting its billiards hall back by early next year.

Billiards on Broadway owner Marc Oelslager has plans to reopen above the King House Buffet, 122 Broadway.

The City Commission voted 5-0 on Monday to renew Oelslager’s liquor license. He was supposed to renew it in June but “for whatever reason” didn’t, City Auditor Steve Sprague said.

Oelslager still needs to file for a transfer of his liquor license, which could be in front of the city’s liquor control board by mid-October, Sprague said. It would then go to the full City Commission for approval by the end of the month.

Oelslager said he plans to renovate the space to open it up and allow for about 20 pool tables.

“With those big windows, it should be pretty cool up there,” he said. “You have access to the skyway there.”

Oelslager said he’s also looking at adding some more food to the menu. He wants to be open by the first of the year.

The billiards hall was at 208 Broadway for more than 20 years before Oelslager sold the building to the Kilbourne Group in 2011.

Kilbourne had planned to include a billiards hall in the refurbished 208 Broadway location, but because of modifications, the space will not be large enough for a billiards hall, Oelslager wrote in a letter to the City Commission earlier this year.

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Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518