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Arcade business closes in downtown Grand Forks


It’s game over for a retro arcade and soda shop in downtown Grand Forks.

The Blind Beagle Juice Bar and Music Center at 406 DeMers Ave. has closed. The business that had a vision for being a gaming and music venue opened in March, but “unexpected and unfortunate circumstances” forced owner Dan Spah to shutter the doors, according to a post on the business’s Facebook page.

“This was not an easy decision to make, but operating the space is just no longer doable,” he wrote in the post.

The store was named after his 17-year-old beagle, Bogie, Spah previously told the Herald. He had hoped to catch the young demographic of high school students, as well as young adults. He also raised more than $5,000 through a GoFundMe campaign aimed at running the startup.

Spah did not immediately return a request for comment on this story.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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