Fargo Food Hall | Fargo, ND
The Black Building is a beautiful and iconic downtown Fargo property that had fallen into disrepair. The Kilbourne Group is redeveloping it into corporate office and co-working space and has come to Eimer Design and Colicchio Consulting to design a food hall and indoor activities space to active the ground floor and lower level. The spaces are linked via a large central opening and stair. Many of the original Art Deco features in the building – including railings, terrazzo flooring and light fixtures – will be reused and highlighted in the renovations.
The design approach emphasizes food and beverage on the ground floor and activities on the lower level. This approach was partially influenced by the low floor to ceiling heights on the lower level and the Client’s desire to create a safe and family oriented indoor activates space for the long, cold winter months. The resulting design strategy creates easily identifiable ordering areas and dining areas on the ground floor. The concentrated dining area surrounds the bar and is being designed with two garage style doors to become an indoor/outdoor active zone that spills out onto the rear alley in good weather.
The lower level emphasizes more casual, communal and family oriented seating and indoor activities. Fargo law allows for charitable gambling, so an adult zone focused around a second bar, table games and slot machines complete the lower level. The interior design strategy shifts on the lower level to create a more colorful and playful atmosphere.