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New Bottle Barn to include bar and restaurant

Dignitaries gather for groundbreaking ceremonies at the new Bottle Barn location at Veterans Boulevard and 32nd Avenue on Thursday in West Fargo. David Samson

A new liquor store with a bar and eatery is being built at 3121 Bluestem Drive in West Fargo.

Bottle Barn liquors and The District Waterhouse and Kitchen broke ground Thursday at the Veterans Boulevard site west of the new Sanford Medical Center and Scheels Arena.

The 16,000-square-foot liquor store will be Bottle Barn’s fourth metro-area location, said Joel Wold, owner.

The 5,000-square-foot casual restaurant will have a full-service kitchen, wine bar and main bar, said owner Tina Berger.

“I just want to bring something fresh that’s not a franchise,” said Berger, who will continue to work as a benefits associate at North Dakota State University.

“Veterans Boulevard is kind of the hot spot to be,” said Wold. “Our two businesses together should complement each other well in this area.”

The new Bottle Barn will be similar to one that opened in 2013 on South University Drive in Fargo, said Wold.

The store will have a 2,500-square-foot cooler and 100-square-foot walk-in cigar humidor.

The location was an obvious choice, Wold said, because there are no liquor stores in that area.

Berger said she had been eyeing the spot for some time and heard through the grapevine that Wold was opening a liquor store there.

“I gave him kind of a late-night call and asked if he would consider a tenant,” Berger said. “It’s just a perfect fit.”

Berger grew up in the bar and restaurant businesses operated by her mother and grandparents.

The District Waterhouse and Kitchen will offer tapas-style small plates throughout the day in a casual environment, she said.

Menu items will include appetizers, a Mediterranean plate, smoked bruschetta, sliders, kettle soups, salads, sandwich board, pizza, flatbread and small dinner items, she said.

The restaurant will employ about 25 people, Berger said.

The Bottle Barn store will employ 10 to 12, Wold said.

Construction will begin in the next two weeks with opening set for 2015, he said.