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After 18 years, owner of Artists' Quarter readies jazz club's final show

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Despite lobbying by patrons to keep the facility open, the owner of the Artists' Quarter is sticking with his plans to close the revered jazz club after its New Year's Eve show, the Pioneer Press reports.

Kenny Horst announced in October that he was closing the business after 18 years of ownership because he could no longer afford the rent and utilities to keep the club open.

Since then, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and others have vowed to find a way to keep the club open, the Pioneer Press says.

Horst told the newspaper that business has been "booming" since he announced the closing, and he's "seeing people showing up now that didn't show up for years."

Horst told the Star Tribune that he'd maybe help with booking if anyone would be interested in starting the club up again. Apart from that, Horst, 70, said he's done.

The Artists' Quarter originally opened in the 1970s in Minneapolis and closed in 1990. Horst, a former booking agent, revived the club in St. Paul's Lowertown in 1995, and moved the business to its current location in the Hamm Building in downtown St. Paul in 2001.

The final Artists' Quarter show on New Year's Eve features torch song singer Carole Martin, the club says.

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