Dine and Dive Into Midwestern Heritage
Story by Alyssa Nishek
Photography by Dan Francis Photography
An idea ﬁrst had ﬁve years ago will come to full bloom this month in Fargo, North Dakota. The owners of Brew Restaurants, Britt and Alex Belquist and Shelby and Chad Terstriep, have partnered again to create 701 Eateries, a unique restaurant built on Midwestern heritage. Family friends, Eric and Sarah Myhre, are also co-owners of this new dining concept coming to town. The Belquists and Terstrieps, a team of brother and sister plus their spouses, also own Brew Ales and Eats of Perham, Minnesota, Brew Hall of Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Brew Bird of Fargo, North Dakota.
Located on the corner of University Drive and Seventh Ave. N., 701 Eateries is “right on the fringe of downtown,” as owner Shelby Terstriep put it. This soon-to-be local favorite is situated just between North Dakota State University and the downtown area, as well as near Fargo Brewing Company, Brew Bird, Wild Terra and Drekker Brewing Company -- other Fargo favorites.
Britt Belquist has worked in the service industry for years, and handles the general management of the team’s business endeavors. Her husband, Alex Belquist, attended culinary school and serves as the brains behind Brew Restaurant’s menus. Shelby Terstriep, Alex’s sister, works on branding, events and sales for the team and is an oncologist by day, currently working toward a culinary medicine certiﬁcate. Britt and her husband, Chad Terstriep, have a long-time knack for cooking and entertaining. The pair have hosted several large parties and fundraisers throughout the years.
The rest of the 701 team includes: Laura Botten, general manager & certiﬁed wine specialist; Jenni Carriveau, assistant general manager & events; Sal Sosa, executive chef; Jacob Bakken, sous chef. This dream team brings decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge! They are still looking to build their team. Interested applicants can apply online at: brewrestaurants.BambooHR.com/jobs.
“We’ve always wanted to do a concept that embraced the stories of our heritages and enabled us to dig deep into family traditions, including recipes that have been passed down through generations!”
- Shelby Terstriep.
CAMP LONE TREE
Camp Lone Tree, found on the second story of 701 Eateries, embodies the Scandinavian approach to living, embracing all the seasons of North Dakota weather. Suited to ﬁt up to 130 people, Camp Lone Tree offers a four-season patio that will host anything from bags tournaments and campfires in the summer to miniature curling rink and igloo adventures in the winter.
The name, Camp Lone Tree, is derived from a hunting camp in western North Dakota that Shelby and Alex’s father frequently visits. A camp-driven, casual menu consisting of items such as homemade hot dogs, burgers and fry bread tacos will be served in this cozy bar dining area.
A community focus was kept when designing the rooftop deck to be used for events, dining or casual hangouts. Various levels of comfort are offered for seating on the rooftop deck. Real wood patio flooring gives off a nice warmth to the four-season, weatherproof, outdoor space.
The design of Camp Lone Tree is that of warm, eclectic Midwest nature. You might notice elements like the ski lift seating, touching on an appreciation for our regional activities. The long custom banquette, lined with mixed upholstery cushion patterns, offers a bit of a cabin feel.
From the eye-catching design work of She She, a design studio located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, covering the wall leading up the stairwell, to the custom neon bar light, a bit of juxtaposition is added to this otherwise rustic space. The railing design was also custom commissioned, incorporating elements of Scandinavian design.
Prairie Kitchen is the main dining area of 701 Eateries, offering a bit more of a formal experience than Camp Lone Tree.
“What’s so cool is you can come and sit in various different areas of 701 and have completely different experiences!”
-Cori Kuechenmeister, Shea Design
Custom leather booths, backed by a plaster wall effect, bring a rich moodiness to this dining space. These modern elements are softened by contrasting, farmhouse design pieces, such as the wooden dining table and chair seating. A similar eclectic-ness is found in the juxtaposition of seating choices, meant to evoke the feeling of visiting someone’s home. The approachable, comfortable vibe of one’s home is achieved by bringing various stories and styles together through mixed materiality; from the modern elements of leather, to simple wooden furniture pieces, to bold patterned fabric upholstery, all the way down to the unearthed flooring.
“It feels very warm and inviting like you’re at somebody’s home, which was the whole vision!”
The punch tin bar lamps were custom made for the space, drawing back to that cozy, farmhouse feel.
Signature drinks will be offered in both Camp Lone Tree and Prairie Kitchen, including a nitro smoked old fashioned.
The beaded lights were custom made by an artisan located in the Minneapolis area.
The 701 team has identified local sourcing from several Midwest partners. All beef products will be sourced from Demkota, as well as bison from the North American Bison plant in New Rockford, North Dakota. They’ve also partnered with Red Head Creamery of Brooten, Minnesota, to source cheese products.
SOON TO COME!
An official soft opening is slated for the beginning of May. In the works are several future events, for which locals can look forward to visiting 701 Eateries! A daily FIKA time (a Swedish concept for a coffee break including socializing and sweet treats) from 2-4 p.m. will offer roasted coffee from Fargo’s Thunder Coffee as well as homemade dessert bars. Each Wednesday will be coined as “Little Saturday,” a Norwegian cultural term, in which 701 will host campfire sing-along events. The team has also partnered with local businesses, Nature of the North and Unglued, to hold community events in crafting and entertainment. Other plans include a future pinnacle tournament and midsummer festival!
The live edge on the expo kitchen was inspired from Alex’s passion for organic quality and materials.
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