Cause Spirits and Soundbar is not dead

Categories: Venue Spotlight
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Photo by Erik Hess
After closing in mid-July, Cause Spirits and Soundbar is set to return in just a couple of weeks. The local rock venue had just celebrated its five-year anniversary at the intersection of Lyndale and Lake, but those shows turned into farewell soirees once its imminent closing was announced. A new sports bar tenant called the Iron Door was reportedly set to make drastic renovations and move in.

In a dramatic change of plans, Cause is still alive and kicking, and could be back open for business by September 1, the Current reports. Owner Mike Riehle says that he's only made a five-year dent in a 15-year lease on the space, and he decided to push back against pressures to close involving "a dispute that I'm not at liberty to talk more about."

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The final nights of Cause this past July were decadent affairs that suggested that there's a ton of love left in the Twin Cities for this venue.

Recently, the #FightForYourRight hashtag has been the call to action for the resurrection of Cause, and this sign (pictured) was posted on the venue's door.

Riehle's plan in the very near future is to use crowd-funding to get the bar and restaurant back in motion. Over the next couple weeks, he's working on starting fresh in a space that needs a new staff, repairs, and a good cleaning. He told the Current that business was good at the time of Cause's closing, "up 10 percent" from the year before. With school back in session in a couple of weeks, some folks might not even realize it was ever gone.

Calls to venue staff were not immediately returned. We will update this posting with more information as it is received.

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Location Info

Cause Spirits & Soundbar - CLOSED

3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Music

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48 comments
digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

so the sports bar is still coming?  we need that shit

StephenA
StephenA

Why would anyone fund a private business? What kind of sheep would actually follow along and do such a thing? Same with the arcade place on Lake Street. Why don't you come up with a sustainable business plan and stop asking your customers to go above and beyond because you can't run a business?

HotKarlMalone
HotKarlMalone

That's so awesome that there's another establishment for young white people to congregate in Uptown.

Steven Kline
Steven Kline

Oh and oops. Thanks for telling me about the wrong spelling. Haha I'll change it. :-)

Steven Kline
Steven Kline

Hey... I almost died man. I'm proud of my body. I've gained 30 lbs in 5 months. I was 6 foot 3 inches and 140 pounds and wasn't breathing for over two minutes less than 6 months ago. My heart also stopped for over a minute. The only reason I'm alive is because of my ability to fight for change. I am who I am today because I've beat my disease, and what ever you dicks say isn't going to change what I'm doing. Lol I am healthy, happy, stong, and alive.

Steven Kline
Steven Kline

Joe Sattler, sorry. I thought you were serious. Haha they really need to make a sarcasm font for facebook. I have to admit. You know the type that cause regulars hate.

Tim Williams
Tim Williams

Nice Dustin Beeber hairdo..and put a shirt on! And spell check Dunwoody.

Annie Mae
Annie Mae

Actually wanted the sports bar. Oh well. Lyndale Taphouse is pretty groovy.

Keith Morris
Keith Morris

Kinda feel bad for the people who were looking forward to the sports bar. Now where are they going to find anything that even resembles one in this town?

Chad Mcbride
Chad Mcbride

In other news, everyone at the 400 Soundbar is dead.

Joe Sattler
Joe Sattler

Steven Kline, grab a dictionary and go fuck yourself with it. After you've removed the dictionary, look up the word sarcasm. I'm a former Cause regular and employee. My profile was taken on the patio there, you dipshit.

Jay Dee
Jay Dee

Sports bar. Ppffftt. Hahaha.

Kelsi Moffitt
Kelsi Moffitt

Ugh, I'm I the only one that feels like this is one of those "going out of business scams" that businesses use to try and generate interested?

Jim McFarlane
Jim McFarlane

So since Sauce is dead here now, can Cause revert to Sauce, should they return?

Steven Kline
Steven Kline

Joe Sattler rot in hell. Cause is way better then any stupid sports bar. Plus you sound like a total douche.

Daniel LaRose
Daniel LaRose

I used to work there. I loved it. I'll be glad to see it open again.

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

Hey like support local business except take it for granted and never go there and cry when it closes and being it back to apologize. Repeat

Joe Sattler
Joe Sattler

This sucks, dawg. Me and my bros were so stoked to go that sportsbar. Where are we supposed to have brews and watch the vikes that's still close to my new loft? I guess I'll just have to ask my dad to get me a different loft downtown. More hotties down there anyways.

Devon Torrey Bryant
Devon Torrey Bryant

I love that the stock photo for Cause is always Gunnar and his buddies in front of BNLXFEST 2!

ASmartPerson
ASmartPerson

@StephenA But you're right, the person that screwed them over should be the one to pay for it. Unfortunately the justice system isn't always so just. Read between the lines of what's happening here if you really think Cause closed down because "they couldn't run a business". The Current's article states that they were up 10% in profit before being forced to shut down over "a dispute that they are not at liberty to talk about"/

ASmartPerson
ASmartPerson

@StephenA because they were clearly screwed over. I'd imagine being screwed over in a rent-high area like Lyn lake would come at a cost that would be difficult to recoup 

PatricksBrainless
PatricksBrainless

@StephenA DingDingDingDingDingDing We Have a WINNER! Most intelligent commenter of the article. Congratulations!!!

Patricksbrain
Patricksbrain

"I'm jealous of young attractive people who have friends and talent and so I'd like to see small business fall to greed" alert

Patricksbrain
Patricksbrain

Wow, great publicity stunt. Close down your bar for 6 weeks and kill all chance of profit for over a month. You should open your own business, bud. It might do half as well as the iron door pub did.

Patricksbrain
Patricksbrain

Yes, because you're the only one dumb enough to believe that.

PatricksBrainless
PatricksBrainless

@Patricksbrain Right, because it's such a quality establishment with such a brilliant owner and staff. Tell me the part about it being the worst restaurant in South again? What a misguided hellhole... but your buddys let you drink cheep so who's gonna complain???

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