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New Life For Former Train Depot

Fiesta Villa Mexican Restaurant / Former Northern Pacific Train Depot
Fiesta Villa Mexican Restaurant / Former Northern Pacific Train Depot

Bismarck’s historic train depot – the long-time home of Fiesta Villa that shuttered last year – will soon be home to a brewery, restaurant, and event center.

The building’s owner, Dale Zimmerman – who also owns Peacock Alley and 40 Steak+Seafood, has announced plans to renovate the former depot to house Edwinton Brewing and a restaurant on the west side. The east side, on the other hand, will contain rent-able event space.

Edwinton Brewing, whose name is a homage to Bismarck’s original name, has already been serving up local brews at Zimmerman’s own Peacock Alley since 2012.

About the Depot

Bismarck’s historic train depot was completed in 1901 at a cost of $33,601 – a replacement for the original Northern Pacific depot, which was destroyed in the 1898 Fire. The facility ceased operation as a train depot in 1975. By 1977, the building was remodeled to house the Mexican-themed restaurant Fiesta Villa, who remained on the site until its closure in 2016.