Turf Club closed until January 11, changing management

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Just a few hours before the doors were scheduled to open on Saturday night, the Turf Club called off its gig with Marijuana Deathsquads, turned out the lights, and hung signs on the front doors that read "Closed for repair."

Manager Dave Wiegardt, who has worked at the club for the last 15 years and helped to shape it as an institution in the local community along with former staff members Rob and Leah Rule, was let go on Saturday night. The locks were changed, and staff were given no notice of the closing -- though regulars and staff members report that the bar hadn't been fully stocked in weeks and that they knew "something was up."

So what's happening?

"It's just management," insists owner Tom Scanlon. "It's just a change in management. This won't change our relationship with local bands."

Scanlon is handing the reins over to new manager Josh James.

In a press release issued today, James says the club will "bring its accustomed rock-and-roll swagger back to Saint Paul's Midway" with a projected re-open date of January 11.

"New hours of operation and a new direction will be the hallmarks of the re-working of the venerable jewel of the midway," the press release states. "Focus on local music will remain the cornerstone of the business."

That leaves several shows up in the air for the time being, including the big MC/VL farewell show next Saturday night with Pink Mink and Slapping Purses. MC/VL says they are looking for a new location for their show, and might postpone their gig until a later date.

We're working on getting a hold of James to ask him more questions about the changes to the Turf; we'll post more updates when we have them.

UPDATE: We chatted with new manager Josh James about his plans for the club, read our full interview here.

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Mel Jazz
Mel Jazz

why are all city page articles about a month old? is this a vestige of niggardly Tom Bartel, or his fatty brother? This website is a lame turd, call it city turd.

Candy Pickles
Candy Pickles

mama, don't let your babies grow up in minne-so-not. let them be lawyers or flapjack flippers -- but not minne-crap-olys.

Pirkatt
Pirkatt

Awesome. I'm sure they're going to fix it up and make it look all cool and trendy. Sorry, dudes, it was better when the 1940's Christmas lights were up all year and the drinks were cheap.

Erik Hess
Erik Hess

The 501 was my home away from home, the Turf was my Shangri-La.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. I'm holding out immense hope that the new management structure/staff will carry on the tradition.

Obvious Sally
Obvious Sally

your a drunk

Erik Hess
Erik Hess

If you think the only reason to go to a bar is to drink then we'll just have to agree to disagree. The friendly people that gather(ed) at these places on a daily basis - to converse, to perform, to work - are the things that were important to me.

Jimn
Jimn

Sounds like a pretty crappy thing to pull on the already booked bands, not to mention staff. I'm sure his employees just respect him tons.

No
No

Bring back the TACO BAR!!!

Greg Schaal
Greg Schaal

There have been tacos for sale again. At least on New Year's Eve there were.

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