Kraus-Anderson to renovate Bismarck’s historic Northern Pacific Railroad Depot
New German-themed restaurant and brewery,
and event center added
BISMARCK, N.D. (April 2017) – Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest commercial general contractors and construction managers, has begun to renovate the historic Northern Pacific Railroad Depot in Bismarck, N.D. The Depot Restaurant and Brewery is located at 411 East Main Ave.
Built in 1901, the Depot was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert in a Mission-style design. The landmark building is on the National Register of Historic places. (More info is available at the Cass Gilbert Society http://www.cassgilbertsociety.org/works/nprr-bismarck/)
The Depot’s owner is restauranteur and entrepreneur Dale Zimmerman, owner of the Peacock Alley and 40 Steak & Seafood restaurants in Bismarck.
The 1,500-square-foot west wing of The Depot will be converted to a 20-barrel microbrewery and German-influenced restaurant named Edwinton Brewery. Edwinton is the original name of the city of Bismarck, prior to its name change in 1873. The brewery is expected to open in time for German Days in July.
The 4,200-square-foot east wing, formerly occupied by Fiesta Villa restaurant, will feature a new private event center, expected to be open by Labor Day.
In addition, part of the second floor will be converted to a private office for the facility manager.
JLG Architects will create the aesthetics of the new restaurant and brewery in an “industrial modern” design, while maintaining the historic character of the existing building.
And, Kraus-Anderson will make every consideration to maintain the existing, significant architectural elements without compromising the integrity of the future lifespan of the building. The Depot’s exterior walls include a series of 7×10-foot arched openings. The interior’s high all-wood ceilings with large wooden beams will be augmented by quarry tile and exposed concrete flooring, exposed roof structure, ceiling tiles and broadloom carpet.