Renderings Courtesy of Kilbourne Group and Bert, Lisa and Klaus Meyers
If it’s one thing the Meyers family knows, it’s how to stand apart from the competition. That can be seen in both of their current ventures, Dempsey’s Public House and Würst Bier Hall in Downtown Fargo. However, they will now turn their attention to something even more adventurous than their two present establishments. The Meyers will embark on a mission to open up Downtown Fargo’s first fish and chips restaurant, BeerFish. Current plans have it going in the newly enlivened Roberts Alley.
Husband and wife team Bert and Lisa Meyers along with brother Klaus are looking to fill the gaps in the Fargo dining scene with BeerFish. While it will feature fine dining quality food, the Meyers plan to have the restaurant be more of a casual environment.
The fried fish that will certainly be the staple menu item comes from an old family recipe. “Our beer-battered and fried fish is the legendary recipe of our mother, Rosa Bischoff, who for years served up the best fried fish the Iron Range of Minnesota had ever seen at her own family restaurant,” says Bert Meyers. Along with that, patrons will choose their own type of tartar sauce to dip the fish. Finally, happy diners can select either fish or classic chips as a side accompanied by a French Onion Dip.
Classic fish and chips are not the only items on the menu though. The Meyers plan to have oysters, lobster mac and cheese, clam chowder and seafood appetizers. Not only that, but BeerFish will have vegetarian and vegan options and they will have one fryer solely dedicated to gluten-free foods. Polish all of this delicious food off with a cool beverage too. BeerFish will feature a wide tap list, wine selections and Fargo’s first Tiki drink menu.
To this point, BeerFish is a restaurant of firsts. The first fish and chips restaurant Downtown, the first Tiki drink menu. However, the innovation does not end. Beerfish will be located across Roberts Alley from Dempsey’s (also owned by the Meyers). It will only be accessible by the alleyway and will not feature an entryway on Roberts Street. “We are only going to be in the alley,” Bert Meyers said. “I think we will be the first restaurant to solely be in the alley.”
With an open-air dining room planned, the restaurant will also have a patio for the warm weather seasons. Diners will be able to sit and enjoy their chosen fish, chips and beer in Roberts Alley. There will not be a dining experience like it in Fargo and that is what the Meyers want.
The family has proven wildly successful in the Fargo restaurant business by creating new and fresh ideas. In this process, they have also successfully woven Fargo’s culture and history into their specific restaurants. Whether they know this or not, the Meyers have added to that rich culture and history Fargo is known for. With this new trailblazing venture, they will continue to create a friendly and fun atmosphere in Downtown Fargo. They will continue to own and operate Dempsey’s and Würst along with BeerFish too.
“We want to create a place for people who want to have great conversation with their favorite food and drink,” says Meyers. “It’s all the things we love.”
The Meyers plan to have BeerFish open in the Fall of 2019. While Bert and Lisa do not have a specific month nailed down yet, they are hoping for a September opening. Kilbourne Group, developer of the mixed-use project that will be home to BeerFish, is excited to be working with the local group to bring another restaurant into Roberts Alley. Since the opening of the alley-facing businesses in the Roberts Commons project, Roberts Alley has been consistently full of people of all ages.
It is this current Roberts Alley rejuvenation that has continued to build a vibrant culture in Downtown Fargo. With new businesses and restaurants coming into the Alley, it has made for a fresh new slice of Fargo for people to enjoy. As BeerFish looks towards its opening, it will only continue to make Fargo a one of a kind place. Much like BeerFish is a one of a kind restaurant in our community.