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New downtown Fargo business to blend brews, retro arcade games

Pixeled Brewing Co. is expected to start operating soon in the former Union Storage and Transfer building in Fargo. Dave Olson/The Forum

FARGO—A new business is heading for Fargo that looks to pair craft brewing with video arcade nostalgia.

Pixeled Brewing Co., which recently received Renaissance Zone status to receive tax breaks, will soon set up at 1100 NP Ave. in Fargo in a building complex that historically was known as Union Storage and Transfer and was renovated several years ago into housing and commercial space.

Pixeled Brewing is owned by John-Paul Klein. The general manager will be Nick Hill.

The company is expected to occupy the space sometime in April and eventually produce beer for on-site consumption.

It will also offer about 40 retro arcade games to start with and food trucks will be contracted to park nearby as well as on site, according to paperwork filed with the city in connection with the company's Renaissance Zone application.

"This will attract customers who want to relieve stress by playing games from their adolescence," the application said.

Plans call for the brewing to happen in the basement of the building, with about 3,400 square feet of the first floor dedicated as an arcade and taproom.

The spaces to be used are currently vacant.

About $460,000 will be invested in the startup, according to the Renaissance Zone application, and it is estimated the project will see a $75,000 income tax exemption over five years.

A pinball arcade called Fargo Pinball closed at a downtown Fargo location on Broadway in late summer of 2015, after having operated for about a year.

The owner said the business had been doing fine, but he decided he wanted to dedicate his time to other things.

A pair of brothers reopened Fargo Pinball in the fall of 2015 on Harwood Drive in south Fargo.

It continues to operate as a private club for holders of memberships.

Dave Olson
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