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Owners of region Blarney Stone Pubs buy downtown Fargo’s Lodge Donaldson – InForum

FARGO — Religion and begorrah, the HoDo has new house owners.


Lodge Donaldson has been purchased

by the companions that possess and function the

Blarney Stone Pubs

in West Fargo, Bismarck and Sioux Falls.

“Our prepare is to seem at placing a Blarney Stone on the principal ground of exactly where the bar and restaurant is, and to run the Resort Donaldson … and genuinely continue (present proprietor) Karen Stoker’s eyesight of that property,” claimed Jim Poolman, president and controlling associate of Slainte Holdings. (Slainte, which means “well being,” is an Irish equal of expressing “cheers.”)

“I’m so jazzed about it. It is really heading to be interesting!” he stated Monday, March 14. “Just driving up to it, it can be so legendary.”

Poolman, a former North Dakota condition agent and coverage commissioner, named the hotel and its bar and cafe “a showcase for downtown Fargo.”

Poolman explained he and his companions in Slainte Holdings, Chad Wachter, president and CEO of Investcore, and orthodontist Dr. Dustin Hollevoet, both equally of Bismarck, are beginning the method of transferring the liquor license this week.

The companions approach to get possession of the residence by early Could, then make the beauty modifications to suit with the Blarney Stone name and notion with an eye towards reopening the bar and restaurant by this fall.

The cafe will provide Irish and American food items. Poolman explained Blarney Stone Pubs normally provide a wide choice of beers and craft cocktails.

Downtown Fargo’s Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway N., is viewed Sunday, March 13, 2022. The legendary making, with its boutique lodge, bar and dining establishments, is currently being bought by Slainte Holdings.

Helmut Schmidt / The Forum

He stated the exposed brick partitions are gorgeous and the associates will strive to manage the integrity of the constructing, “but we certainly want an Irish pub come to feel to it as perfectly.”

Each the lounge/restaurant and a independent restaurant location will be utilized for the eatery. “Saturday and Sunday brunch right here will knock it out of the park,” he claimed.

The boutique hotel by itself will continue to be Hotel Donaldson and be operated by the associates. Poolman is also a partner in a Hampton Inn and Suites in Bismarck. He mentioned some people he’s talked to did not recognize the resort is continue to working, so there will be a generate to sector the hotel.

He declined to say what he and his associates compensated for the house, but he said there was a great deal of curiosity when the HoDo hit the genuine estate market.

The creating at 101 Broadway N. (the corner of Initial Avenue North and Broadway) had been

detailed for $3,980,000

on the on-line business genuine estate website LoopNet.

The 22,256-sq.-foot structure consists of a 17-suite luxurious hotel, with two floor flooring restaurants, a wine cellar and tasting space, and a rooftop bar.

Stoker is the former spouse of North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. The Forum reached out to her for remark, but experienced not been given a reply by the time this article was published.

The resort will continue to be open up all through the transform in possession, Poolman explained.


West Fargo’s Blarney Stone Pub, 1910 9th St. E., is found Sunday, March 13, 2022. The entrepreneurs of the local Blarney Stone are purchasing the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo.

Helmut Schmidt / The Discussion board

“Everyone is familiar with the Hotel Donaldson as an legendary downtown Fargo residence, and knows the value and the eyesight that Karen put into that residence,” Poolman explained. “We were being incredibly excited to likely be a portion of the downtown Fargo community. And to increase value to that great assets that individuals of Fargo have arrive to really like.”

Poolman, “the outdated Fargo kid” who grew up below and graduated from South Substantial University, is cheered by obtaining struck a deal for the HoDo.

“We could not be any far more psyched. I have not been extra thrilled to be portion of a excellent true estate venture in a seriously very long time. And genuinely glad and psyched to be a portion of the business community in Fargo,” he reported. “And seriously enthusiastic to be a component of a product that downtown Fargo citizens and website visitors will get pleasure from.”

The pretty common HoDo lounge and its cafe locations have been shut given that August 2020 and have not reopened as the COVID-19 pandemic ground on.

The Lodge Donaldson was initially developed in 1893, one of the first properties to rise after a key fire ruined much of Fargo’s early downtown.

According to Forum documents:

It started its existence as the meeting hall for a fraternal corporation identified as the Unbiased Purchase of the Odd Fellows. It experienced a ballroom on the top floor for dances and conferences.

In the early 1900s, enterprises occupying the major ground included Fargo Harness Co., Roen & Dahl millinery, and The Fargo Discussion board and Republican newspaper.

In 1915, new entrepreneurs remodeled the developing, changing the ballroom and turning the composition into a “working man’s resort,” which was named The Hotel Donaldson. It was remodeled once more in 1928.

In the 1950s, during the Korean War, the Donaldson experienced a military deal to house inductees.


Jim Poolman seems to be out to North Broadway from the lounge of downtown Fargo’s Lodge Donaldson on Monday, March 14, 2022. Poolman is a companion in Slainte Holdings, which is purchasing the legendary HoDo.

Chris Flynn / The Discussion board

In 1974, it turned a long-lasting-residency apartment complex with 60 rooms, eight of which had private bogs. Other people employed communal loos.

The Resort Donaldson closed Aug. 31, 2000, when the lease for longtime proprietor Thomas W. Bell was not renewed. At the time, premiums were $195 to $250 for each month, $75 weekly or $20 each day and provided a furnished place, cable Tv, and a cleansing and linen support at the time a 7 days.

The new proprietor, Stoker, then undertook a lengthy renovation of the making, which was feted on its completion as a hip, upscale addition to the city’s downtown. It was featured in numerous journey stories by newspapers and publications from close to the country.

The HoDo has observed extra competitors downtown in the past pair years.

The upscale

Jasper Resort and its Rosewild

restaurant and lounge held its grand opening June 24, 2021. The 125-home Jasper is component of the Chicago-based Aparium Resort Group.

In early 2021, perform was completed on updating the Radisson Lodge at 201 5th St. N.,

turning it into an “upper upscale” Radisson Blu principle

. Operator Brandt Hospitality poured $6 million into the 151-home lodge (not like infrastructure do the job) to give it a modern day European experience.