“It’s where First Ave stage manager Conrad Sverkerson kicked out his first rowdy patron. And it’s where Peter Ostroushko was playing pool when he got the call to go play on Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks,” wrote The Current back when news broke of the 400 Bar’s closure. That was December 2012; whereas, only a year later, the landmark bar from Minneapolis’ West Bank announced it’d be relocating to a 25,000 square-foot space in the Mall of America’s fourth floor.
It’d have been a space oriented towards a dusk-to-dawn crowd, reeling in patrons from the nearby Bloomington hotels. Yet, as of Wednesday, an eviction notice was taped to the could-have-been club’s front door. As the Star Tribune reports, the music venue, 400 Bar-affiliated restaurant and “the museum, which was open from June until Sept. 7 for the touring exhibit “Ladies and Gentlemen … The Beatles,” [are] included in the eviction.”
The eviction notice can be seen here, as it details a mandatory court date of Sept. 30 for $326,460.66 owed in culpable rent. This was based on the monthly rent of their abundant space that totaled $69,906 from a lease signed and initiated on Jan. 31.
City Pages quotes a statement released by Dan Jasper, the vice president of communications for Mall of America:
“In any economy, it is frequently challenging for small or new businesses to establish themselves. Often finding appropriate financing terms can be a substantial obstacle for small business. This seems to be the circumstances for 400 Bar as they prepared to open at Mall of America. Timing and economic environment appear too challenging to allow 400 Bar to move forward with their plans.
The 400 Bar has a unique place in Minnesota music history. Like so many others, we were excited when it was first announced that 400 Bar would be coming to Mall of America. While disappointed that 400 will not open at the Mall, we wish them the very best.”