WEST FARGO – There’s another hotspot for Cajun food in the metro area.
The Oasis Restaurant & Bar is now open and offers casual fine dining of Cajun seafood and American fare, including a mix of sandwiches and entrees.
With little fanfare, Oasis opened at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 25 at 3147 Bluestem Drive, the former home of the BLVD Pub.
John Weng, one of the owners, said he could tell people were excited to try a new restaurant and looking forward to it.
“Too many calls asking if we were open,” Weng said Friday.
The interior of the restaurant and bar has been refreshed, but not radically changed.
Weng originally planned to open the new restaurant in December, but delays arose as suppliers were found to overcome supply chain difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It took a long time to find the right suppliers, but we succeeded,” Weng said.
Weng and his partners are longtime restaurateurs in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area.
The group operates Izumi Sushi and Hibachi restaurants, Japanese restaurant Samurai and Mr. Wok Chinese Express. They also operate a Ginza Ramen and Poke in the West Acres food court. A former Ice Point Thai ice cream shop next to Mr. Wok in West Fargo is being expanded and turned into a sit-down Ninja Ramen Noodle restaurant.
Oasis offers a full bar service. It seats about 150 people, Weng said, because the tables are further apart than before. It has an upstairs seating area that can be used for overflow crowds or for private functions. There are also patios on the ground and second floors.
Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Weng announced plans for Oasis and the Ninja Ramen Noodle in October 2021.
The BLVD opened in late spring 2016 along the busy Veterans Boulevard corridor, relatively close to Sanford Hospital and Scheels Arena. However, it closed in March 2020 with the onset of the pandemic and never reopened.