400 Bar to open venue in Mall of America

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After closing down at the end of 2012, the 400 Bar is following through on plans to relocate. Its new digs will be quite a different feel than the West Bank corner it occupied for decades, though.

When the 400 returns in June, it'll be on the fourth floor of Mall of America. According to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal it's part of a 25,000 square foot complex featuring a concert venue, a music museum, and a restaurant.

See Also: The 400 Bar is closing its West Bank location


According to a release, the venue portion of the new 400 Bar will hold up to 1,000 people. Time will tell if the 400 Bar's strong relationships in the past with artists like Cat Power and Conor Oberst will figure into the booking of the future. Rock, country, and blues are reportedly part of the new mix. The restaurant will follow in September.

Equally mysterious is the museum portion of the space, dubbed the Midwest Music Museum. According to its site, the first exhibit will be announced on Monday, February 10. Both permanent and traveling exhibits are expected to be a part of it. Perhaps some of the items the 400 auctioned off after closing can now be donated to this museum.

As we learn more, we'll add it here.



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32 comments
Brad McNaught
Brad McNaught

That's like putting Moby Dicks in the Galleria.

Jeanne Øiaas
Jeanne Øiaas

This is just weird. It's like a scary dream.

DerpDiggler
DerpDiggler

Makes sense, the 400's core clientele got old and moved to the suburbs, anyway.

ElliotPark
ElliotPark

A penny for Willie Murphy's thoughts on this.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

They couldn't have thought of a better spot than the MOA?  There is plenty of spots in both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul that would attract crowds, especially for this concept.  This is almost as bad as the House of Blues in "Downtown" Disney.

John Peacock
John Peacock

It's no worse than grumpys opening in Roseville

Pete St Martin
Pete St Martin

Good luck. MOA doesn't have much staying power for businesses. I think the only original from its conception is the 3rd floor Burger King.

Jesse Jamison
Jesse Jamison

So we're moving the cool stuff out to the 'burbs (400 Bar) and the lame stuff downtown (Mayo sports bullshit)??

Jen Ford Mirmak
Jen Ford Mirmak

Because the 400 Bar was a divy institution on the West Bank. Not really a fit for the gentrified Mall of America.

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

Why? Never heard of the 400 Bar so I don't get why people don't like the idea.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

The Mayo project is actually a great idea and it's far better than what was there - nothing.

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