Residents living near Africa Nightclub voice their opinions

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – Africa restaurant and nightclub will be back in the spotlight this week as its fate will soon be decided.

After several weeks of controversy, including a fatal shooting that took place in May and reports of underage drinking, the executives were forced to sell the liquor license.

“In 30 days, if they don’t have someone under contract to buy, they’ll be fired,” Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig said at a special commission meeting Sept. 20. .

Tyler Brandt, the owner of 518 Properties, decided to buy the club’s license.

According to curator Dave Piepkorn, the plan is to keep the corporate theme while staying in one location.

What does the ability for Africa Restaurant & Nightclub to stick around mean for residents living nearby?

“I’m concerned about the shooting there and they haven’t found out who did it,” said resident Clayton Nelson, who lives just behind the facility.

Nelson says that while some not-so-pleasant things have happened in the business, he doesn’t mind that it might stay.

“I think it’s a necessity to have another restaurant in the area for other cultures,” he said.

Mark Stearns, who also lives nearby, says he doesn’t mind either.

“I have no problem with that. As long as they fix the problems they see or might have had to prevent violence like that,” he said.

Stearns thinks sometimes bad things have to happen when alcohol is involved.

“Any type of bar situation where there’s alcohol or a lot of partying, things happen. It always happens that way,” he said.

The fate of the business will remain in limbo until the new buyer is approved for sale.

The request to purchase the liquor license is expected to be considered at Wednesday’s liquor board meeting.

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Jerry C. Greiner