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Fargo's Boiler Room opening new restaurant in Wahpeton

The Boiler Room, 404 Dakota Ave., will open early next week in Wahpeton. Special to The Forum

WAHPETON, N.D.—A restaurant is expanding to Wahpeton to offer another food option in the town about an hour south of Fargo.

The Boiler Room opened in June 2014 in downtown Fargo's renovated Loretta Building, 210 Broadway N., getting its name from the fact that the restaurant was in the building's basement where a boiler room used to be.

The Boiler Room in Wahpeton will be on the main floor of its building at 404 Dakota Ave., the site of former business The Frame Shop. But Dan Hurder, president and CEO of Great Plains Hospitality, said the same designer who oversaw the Fargo eatery was challenged with making the Wahpeton space feel "dark" and "basement-y," even if it's not in a basement.

"The east wall, which is the longest wall, has no windows, so really the only windows are on the front similar to what we have in Fargo," he said.

Hurder said about 80 percent of the Wahpeton menu will be the same as the Fargo location, though the Wahpeton chef also will make local favorites or house specialties.

The Boiler Room in Wahpeton is owned by investor group DKPN LLC and managed by Great Plains Hospitality, which owns and manages several other restaurants, including Fargo's The Boiler Room, Twist and Barbacoa as well as The Otter Supper Club in Ottertail, Minn. The company also owns Fargo's Chef's Table Catering.

It's the first time Great Plains has duplicated a concept, something Hurder said came up in discussions in February 2016, about a year before renovations began on the Wahpeton building.

"It's not something that we sought out," he said. "We were approached by a local group there that said that they feel like we need some new restaurant options in town."

The Boiler Room will officially open in Wahpeton at 11 a.m. Sunday. Hurder said the restaurant will open at 11 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.boilerroomwahpeton.com.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.

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