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Bertrosa's Cafe On Broadway Closing After a Rough Winter - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Bertrosa's Cafe On Broadway Closing After a Rough Winter

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The frustration continues to grow among businesses owners, who operate in the same downtown Fargo building. Valley News Live was the first to bring you the story of ongoing water and heating and cooling problems at the Black Building on Broadway.

"Happens I guess, but it shouldn't! Not when you are paying rent, when you are running a restaurant," says Derek Radke, owner of Bertrosa's on Broadway. City Inspectors say the black building has failed inspections a number of times.

"I said U was going to own this place someday, and I did, and then, you know, what happens, happens," says Radke. The announcement surfaced on Facebook, that Friday will the last for Bertrosa's on Broadway.

"Yeah, Dreading it," says Radke, choking back tears, he says this winter was really hard on the café.

"The heat was a big factor, I wouldn't show up to eat at a place, after I sit there and it's 50 something degrees, trying to eat my meal, I mean Christ you can't even eat a hot meal when it's 50 something degrees, you know what I mean?" says Radke.

Fargo City Inspectors say they measured the water temperature in the restaurant this winter and little by little they would lose hot water throughout the day.

"Boil hot water on our stove top to wash dishes, you know we did what we had to do, we had do to that, there was no way around that," explains Radke. With every cent emptied from Radke's bank account he says he knew he had to leave.

"In any business situation, you know of course you want everything to be on the positive," says Pam Kinslow, who left the black building 9 months ago. She moved her shop, Violet's Vintage over on 8th Street. While the water and heating problems never affected her, she says she can sympathize, "A different vision, maybe a new vision of what could be there," says Kinslow.

Kinslow would like to see the black building restored to what it once was, and she hates to see Bertrosa's leave, a feeling shared by customers, who rushed in to get their fix.

"They bought us out of everything today I've never see anything like it," says Radke. He's dreaming of opening the shop again someday, and he encourages everyone to get out and have their favorite sandwich tomorrow.

Meanwhile, there are still a handful of businesses in the black building still operating. City Inspectors turned over complaints surrounding the building to prosecutors, and it's in their hands whether to press charges. We did get a hold of a representative from the black building, and he declined to comment.

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