Golf-themed Restaurant, Bar Soon to Occupy ‘Suite 49’ Space

A new, golf-themed restaurant will soon take the place of the long-vacant former Suite 49 building near the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.

Albatross will be at 2950 10th Ave. N., just northeast of the REA. The restaurant had its wine and beer license approved by the Grand Forks City Council last week.

Owner Andrew Krauseneck wanted to name the place Albatross, Eatery, Alehouse & Golf but says UND’s requirements for signage and advertising made for a change, one that Krauseneck has not released yet, but it’s tentatively set to open in December 2012.

Albatross (or three under par in golf) will offer a wine and beer bar, golf simulators, table tennis, lounge areas and a stage.

For the golf nut, there will also be lessons with the simulators and club fittings.

There’s no word yet on the menu, but the website lists lunch and dinner availability with a unique twist on the “Midwest’s favorite foods,” (more on that soon). Krauseneck said the menu will be “pretty unique.” There will be 16 draft beers with a selection of bottles and cans, including microbrews. Ciders, malt beverages and wines will also be offered.

I think the concept Krauseneck has is definitely an interesting one. Is there enough interest in golf to sustain the place if the food is under par?

It will be interesting to see what the menu is like at Albatross and it’s understandably what I’m most looking forward to. But giving golfers a great, welcoming place to hone their swing, have a few brews and a bite to eat could just be a golden opportunity.

Albatross website

What are your thoughts?