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Cause Spirits and Soundbar is closing

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The celebration of Cause Spirits and Soundbar's fifth anniversary in Lyn-Lake will be a bittersweet one. The bar and club has announced that it will be closing following its weekend birthday celebrations July 10-12.

Members of the Cause staff confirmed that the closure is happening via email, but did not elaborate on what would become of the space.

See also:
Cause celebrating 5th anniversary in July


This is the email that was sent out by booking manager Noah Paster:
Hello friends, bands, MCs, press, etc

It deeply saddens me to announce that Cause Spirits & Soundbar will be closing on July 13th. The last show will be our 5 year closing out party on July 12th. If you had a show booked after the 12th, we regret to inform you that the show won't be happening. We certainly wish we had more answers for you but unfortunately we are being shown the exit after five tremendous years.

The shows booked before July 12th will remain the same and we will have standard business hours. Thank you to everyone who's made this job such a great experience for me these last few years. Cause was my home, my family, and I was happy to help organize the music programming.

- Noah A. Paster
"Super huge bummer," says BNLX's Ed Ackerson, who helped put on BNLXFest I & II shows there the last couple Novembers. "I have been a big supporter of that club from the start and this is really sad news. Mike Riehle, the owner, is a really nice dude, not to mention Noah Paster and Chris Dorn with all of their work there to make it a cool place for indie bands."

Originally called Sauce, the space was forced to change its name in 2010 when Sauce Pizza opened in the area. The moniker allowed the club to keep its signage by swapping two letters.

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82 comments
Bob Taugner
Bob Taugner

Trendy place goes under when the Scenesters find someplace newer. SHOCKER!

tahsha2001
tahsha2001

Sundays TnT. Damn I will miss you. Such a bummer.

Yama-x Neutral
Yama-x Neutral

so many black rimmed glasses i cant even read the story

John Steitz
John Steitz

There goes the only legit music venue in uptown. I guess condo yuppies really only need yoga studios and fancy restaurants to be happy.

Party Science
Party Science

Throughout the duration of our probing of this establishment, we have gathered enough evidence to form this empirically proven observation: From here on out we should be more focused on solutions, instead of the Cause.

MrPookeyCanBeFunToo
MrPookeyCanBeFunToo

@FurgNell doesn't have a fucking clue what they're talking about, because they would rather troll and make up bullshit lies about people than be truthful. 


You clearly have an axe to grind because Noah didn't want to book your terrible dubstep applecore mashup joke of a band at his venue. While he works hard to have a history of booking good shows, you'd rather go slander him online because your brony reddit meetup got delayed.

Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson

That place is still open ? I thought it was called Sauce?

Jasmine Willett
Jasmine Willett

Tina we should make it to a show before closing time

SirSwearsALot
SirSwearsALot

They're totally going to put some kind of bro bar in there for all the assholes in the condos. It's spreading!!!!

Vaughn Lovley
Vaughn Lovley

Don't like what's going on in Uptown? Roll out downtown. I recommend trying to avoid Uber's peak hour billing when you holler at them take you back.

Weldin Metals
Weldin Metals

Really sucks. Mike is a great guy. Cool place. I was the first bouncer to work there. Good times. Fun place. Never forget some of the awesome shows the Rockford Mules did there.

Kaia Rubin
Kaia Rubin

I'm not giving back any glasses I've accidentally taken home from there by me on my drunken escapades .

Josh Kaplan
Josh Kaplan

I am hoping and PRAYING that they reopen as a poorly constructed, yet nauseatingly overpriced "luxury" apartment complex with a great name like Clu or Fruut. There are only, what, 30 or 40 of those around Uptown? Not counting the 20-or-so currently under construction or in the works. Get rid of spaces for artists and make room for our blessed boring people and dollar store celebrities, I say!

barbertj23
barbertj23

Maybe they'll replace it with a sports bar where loud drunks will spill onto the busy intersection on their way home to the lime. Who knows, it could be the new hotspot if you want to get groped.

driftwood77
driftwood77

A lot of people here are complaining about the place but that's irrelevant.  The place did good business.  It was always busy.  From the sound of the article and the suddenness of the closure, it seems that the landlord is evicting them.  My guess is that the gentrification of Uptown has brought a bigger, higher paying prospective tennent or a high offer for the building itself.

Ryan Rud
Ryan Rud

While the Rockford mules were still kicking we had numerous memorable nights there. It was somewhat our home. Mike is a great guy that treated us like family. It's a huge bummer....

goyzilla
goyzilla

Places close for reasons.  I would like to think that the sub-standard soundsystem in a place considering itself a soundbar was one contributor.  I was charged $5 cover charge for a show once where the sound guy was no where to be seen as the band sounded horribly unbalanced.  I decided that was my last show at that venue.  It's a shame because I have so many other GOOD memories there, art shows, drinks with friends, and shows years before that didn't seem so distorted in sound. I hope whatever replaces Cause has as much to offer one of the coolest corners of Minneapolis.  Thanks for the GOOD memories to the owners of Sauce/Cause! 

Aida Cantu-Reza
Aida Cantu-Reza

Wtf! Uptown is being taken over by hipster yuppies. This is BS!

bumbaclot69
bumbaclot69

What a surprise. Was dope in 09, is wack in 14.

Meighan McGuire
Meighan McGuire

sucks good music nice place, I thought these guys came from advertising....?

meighan3
meighan3

Here is my 2 cents, it is always hard to get a drink.  No server or slow service.  Change that you gotta good thing with the music it would be nice to have a beer while watching music.  At best within an hour of sitting down. harsh I know, but true.

strangelovempls
strangelovempls

@barbertj23 So many hipster haters! Uptown is still uptown. Yes, businesses come and go.  It's apart of life.  Get used to it. 


Why don't you wait and see what is going in there, before you make such harsh judgements. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@barbertj23 that would be sweet since there are ZERO sports bars in the area. i mean what the fuck happened to a regular sports bar?

NotJacquesTati
NotJacquesTati

@goyzilla That's not why cause is closing. The sound system was upgraded and then was set to be upgraded again. The booth was hidden in the rafters. And so the sound tech was usually on the floor to hear things from the audience's perspective. Maybe the band you saw had issues--loud drums, quiet vocals; vocal mic picking up more drums than vocals. Great bands sounded great there.

NotJacquesTati
NotJacquesTati

@goyzilla the sound system was upgraded and then was set to be upgraded again. the booth was hidden. maybe the band you saw sucked. happened all the time

NotJacquesTati
NotJacquesTati

@goyzilla that's not why cause is closing. the sound system was upgraded and then was set to be upgraded again. the booth was hidden in the rafters. maybe the band you saw had issues--loud drums, quiet vocals. happened all the time

NotJacquesTati
NotJacquesTati

@goyzilla That's not why Cause is closing. The sound system was upgraded and then was set to be upgraded again. The booth was hidden in the rafters. And so the sound tech was usually on the floor to hear things from the audience's perspective. Maybe the band you saw had issues--loud drums, quiet vocals; vocal mic picking up more drums than vocals. Great bands sounded great there.

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