Over twenty years ago, the popular television show Cheers sang about going “where everybody knows your name.” Of course, that show focused on a bar, but they might as well have been talking about Fargo’s The Shack on Broadway. Step foot into the restaurant and you will know exactly what I mean.

The Shack on Broadway began as a Country Kitchen in the 70s. New owners renamed it in 1993 and served the patrons of North Fargo until a brief closing in 2010. In January of 2011, Tanya Bale reopened it, to the delight of customers all over the metro area.

For Bale, the decision to reopen The Shack was easy, but not one without doubts. “I knew what the potential would be for its success, so I just had to take a leap of faith that if I work hard and keep on going, the business would be there,” she explained. “I also wanted to be my own boss and have a business that I can say I’m very proud of building.”

The Shack’s patrons frequent the restaurant for more than the food, although the menu is fabulous. They also come for the atmosphere and sense of home. “We take great pride in having the whole package,” Bale said. “Wonderful servers, comforting food, cozy atmosphere, and great prices.” And comforting food it is.

The restaurant’s award-winning breakfasts are what has people lining up at the door, although the homemade mashed potatoes might be a close second. “We have freshly shredded hash browns, huge caramel and cinnamon rolls, homemade buttermilk pancakes, and fully stuffed omelets,” Bale explained. “We also have homemade mashed potatoes and gravy that go on every one of our freshly sliced hot turkey, pork, or beef roast sandwiches. For those that love old classics, we have liver and onions on our dinner menu and make sour cream raisin pie.”

The Shack is located at 3215 Broadway. One may erroneously think that a restaurant not located in downtown or south Fargo would struggle, but the restaurant’s north Fargo location has never been an issue. “North Fargo has always been a great supporter of all things in this part of Fargo,” Bale said. “I’ve always said, ‘it’s like a small town within the city of Fargo’.”

For Bale, The Shack is about people and providing them with a place “where everybody knows your name.” Indeed, most of the customers are regulars and considered part of The Shack’s family. “The people I get to meet and interact with every day are what makes this a very rewarding career,” she said. “That includes the employees, the customers, and my sales reps that come to see me. I’m surrounded by a lot of wonderful people every day.”

If you have never been to The Shack on Broadway, don’t deprive yourself any longer. “It’s worth the drive to north Fargo, and if the parking lot is full and people are waiting to get in, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get a table,” Bale said. “Most wait times are 15-20 minutes or less, and by the time you drive somewhere else, you’d have a table with us.” Trust me, someone that only recently discovered this hidden gem, it is well worth the wait.

The Shack’s full menu can be obtained at www.shackonbroadway.com.


By Jamee Larson