Artists' Quarter could be sold to the Dakota Jazz Club

Categories: Jazz
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Three months after the Artists' Quarter closed, the future of the downtown St. Paul jazz institution is coming into focus. Update: The Dakota Jazz Club has not yet bought the space, as Gimme Noise had previously reported.

"We haven't signed a lease," General Manager Martina Priadka says. "We've spoken to [former owner] Kenny Horst. He's supportive and the building is supportive, but we don't have any more details confirmed yet. I'm hoping to see some kind of movement on it soon."

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"It's really important that Kenny is comfortable with everything we do," she adds.

An initial report that stated a full kitchen would be planned for the space is incorrect, Priadka says. But some food in the space is possible. "My hope would be that we could sign the lease and put together a light food and drinks program," she says.

The Artists' Quarter closing was announced last October, and former owner Kenny Horst cited rising rents for the area. 

One huge change is that the space's name will definitely be different. "We have no idea on that one," Priadka adds, and dismisses rumors of names passed around so far. "It won't be the Artists' Quarter because Kenny wants to retire that name."

As Gimme Noise has more details on this change, we will update here.

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17 comments
erichempler
erichempler

Adding food will probably help keep the cover charge lower. I always thought it was a mistake they DIDN"T serve food. 

Bill Johnston
Bill Johnston

Yeah this is where I started out. The St. Paul slammers had to find a different venue.

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

Good! Glad to hear it, we need more music venues.

Clint Cochran
Clint Cochran

Isn't this where you would do your spoken word Bill Johnston?

galamaria
galamaria

Well, technically I don't think the Dakota "bought" the AQ; won't they still be leasing the space from the building owner, just as the AQ did?  Which begs the question: Did the landlord raise the rent and *then* the Dakota came knocking, or did the landlord raise rent knowing the AQ couldn't pony up, but the Dakota could?  (I like to think the Dakota doesn't play like that, but that landlord sounds sketchy from the get-go.)

Alirox
Alirox

Oh great: $35 cover charge and $8 domestic beer to hear pop-jazz.

ElliotPark
ElliotPark

Lowell told me the new club will be named McDakota.

Carmen Largaespada Nickisch
Carmen Largaespada Nickisch

Great news! Hopefully it will be something like the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant used to be when it was in Bandana Square so many years ago.

citypages30
citypages30

Is it too much to hope that we will get to see & hear the same caliber of performers, or will we be subjected to the over-priced, over-glitzed fare that has become the original Dakota?

mnseim
mnseim

@Alirox  I agree with you, I loved the price of the St. Paul Artists Quarter, and even at times, that was higher than I could really spend when adding on drinks.  I hope they keep the cover affordable.


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