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New Restaurant in Loretta Building Basement

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new downtown Fargo business is creating a lot of buzz for keeping the historical identity of the building it occupies at 210 Broadway.

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Like previous businesses that have recently moved in to the Loretta Building, the newest tenant is paying homage to the building's history.

"We've got a piece of the original boiler as a centerpiece," says Boiler Room General Manager Paul McMahon.

That boiler was part of the building, named after the then mayors daughter, built in 1909.

Today it looks much different, but you can still see the resemblance, thanks in part to the Kilbourne Group's vision and renovation, a ten million dollar project to help bring life back to the building.

It's working.

Over 20 businesses now occupy Loretta,

a far cry from just 2 before the facelift,

earning praise from the man whose family ran the first business in the building for some 60 years.

"Our history is just gradually sinking away. And, so, it's nice to see somebody restore this building to better than it ever was. It's just gorgeous," says Robert Crowe.

Right at the entrance to the new restaurant, you can already see a tribute to Crowe's legacy.

"You could still see the painted sign from the furniture store that was here years ago and so we tried to incorporate our logo into that and if you look at the arrows that come around and point down there pretty much right on, again just a nod to the building's past and trying to keep the tradition that this building has alive," say McMahon.

Inside is even more impressive, a roughly seven thousand square foot american bar and restaurant with a Steam Punk vibe that continues weaving the buildings history.

"You've got a lot of the old brick in the building the original brick and then the wood and the metal," says McMahon.

A one million dollar price tag, half paid by Kilbourne group to make the space suitable for a restaurant.

A move that is paying off.

The big buzz, the bar food with a twist menu.

"You can walk down here and go wow, I'm going to come here for breakfast I'm going to come here for lunch and dinner, and I'll have some excellent food each time," says owner and head chef Christian D'Agostino.

Make sure you try the Scotch Eggs!

The Boiler Room is open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. till 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. until 2 a.m.

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Brian Abel
Brian joined WDAZ in October of 2014, after reporting and anchoring at WDAY in Fargo since October 2013. He currently co-anchors the 6 and 10pm WDAZ News weekdays, and co-anchors the Saturday 6 and 10pm WDAY/WDAZ simulcast news. He was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Journalism. Brian has traveled across the country as a spokesperson for the automotive industry. He has also lived in Los Angeles, working in entertainment before pursuing his career in broadcasting. It’s experiences like these that give him a unique perspective when reporting. Brian is a Michigan Wolverines fan with an avid interest in politics and golf.  He is thrilled to be sharing stories with the Greater Grand Forks community working at WDAZ and looks forward to hearing any of your comments, concerns and story ideas.
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