- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The owner of a popular Fargo bar and restaurant heavily damaged by fire a week ago says he wants to rebuild, but the city says tearing down the Bison Turf might be a better idea.

The city has labeled the building dangerous and says owner Pete Sabo has two months to make repairs or demolish the structure, KFGO radio reported (https://bit.ly/2a2gi9n ).

Sabo said he thinks the building can be repaired and brought up to code, and even improved.

“I’ve got every confidence I’m going to be rebuilding it,” he said. “I’m going to put it back the way it was, it’s not going to be a new and modern bar.”

He hopes to be back in business by Oct. 1, which is homecoming weekend for North Dakota State University. The bar near campus gets its name from NDSU’s Bison nickname.

Sabo estimates repair costs from the July 22 fire at up to $1 million. City Planning Director Jim Gilmour said in such cases, it’s often less expensive to raze the building and start over.

The cause of the fire still hasn’t been officially determined. Sabo believes it was electrical in nature and started in a kitchen exhaust fan because employees noticed an electrical-type odor and saw flames on the roof. The business employs nearly three dozen people.


Information from: KFGO-AM, https://www.kfgo.com

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