Sister restaurants to open soon in downtown Fargo
FARGO—Poke Bowl is expected to open this coming week in a space it will share with the new Wasabi restaurant, which is also set to open soon in the 500 block of Second Avenue North in Fargo.
That's according to David Scheer, whose family operates a number of eateries in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
That includes Wasabi, which will operate at its current address—623 NP Ave., Fargo—until the new location opens at 560 2nd Ave. N., a space that was once part of Metro Drug.
When they open, the new Wasabi and Poke Bowl will join another business that also occupies part of the former Metro Drug space—Silver Lining Creamery—which opened earlier this summer.
Scheer said the Second Avenue North location is an excellent spot and he credited downtown developer Kilbourne Group as playing an instrumental role in helping make Poke Bowl and the new Wasabi storefront possible.
The eateries will have their seating on the main floor of the building and share kitchen and dishwashing space in the basement.
A dumbwaiter will serve to shuttle food and other items between floors.
Scheer, who has been doing a considerable amount of construction work on the new restaurants himself, said he enjoys starting businesses and watching the response from the public.
He said the energy level in downtown Fargo makes it an exciting place to do business.
"It's a work day and look at the people," Scheer said, gesturing toward pedestrian foot traffic that could be seen through a large window of Poke Bowl that looked out on Second Avenue North.
Poke Bowl, which has operated as a food truck in the past, will offer Hawaiian fare.
Wasabi features an Asian grill as well as sushi.
Adrienne Olson, a spokeswoman for Kilbourne Group, said Scheer and his culinary partners "have been adding to the fabulous flavor of Fargo Moorhead" for years.
"He (Scheer) cares deeply about not only the food, but also the full experience diners have in his restaurants," Olson said.
She added that while Kilbourne Group directs its time and talents to revitalizing downtown Fargo through redeveloping historic structures, "what makes downtown really special is when creative and dedicated local business leaders develop great new concepts to bring the buildings to life and invite people in."