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First Avenue continues its expansion into St. Paul

Here's what the club plans to do with Wild Tymes, which is next to the Palace Theatre.

First Avenue's Twin Cities entertainment empire has a new property coming soon. 

By the middle of 2018, they expect to open a new bar and restaurant in the Wild Tymes space next to the recently renovated Palace Theatre in downtown St. Paul. 

By the sounds of it, the final result will be comparable to First Ave's the Depot restaurant; a place to stop for a drink or a bite before (or after) a show.

First Avenue will take over the lease for the sports bar and music venue on Nov. 29, and plans to sit down with an architect and city officials in early December to chart the path forward, General Manager Nate Kranz confirmed.

The plan is to remove the stage, and cease to use the space for a music venue, he said. The patio is staying, though. 

The menu will be similar to the bar food at the Depot, but not identical. They have not settled on a new name yet, but Kranz said it will not be hockey-related. His personal goal is to have the place reopened by May 1, but that depends on how much renovation is required.

"It's such a complementary location to the Palace," he said, noting that the goal is to create a connected entrance between the two spaces. "We had always talked about it as a place to do things during the day, like a meet-and-greet." 

Kranz added that there are no plans at this time to acquire anything else on that block.

First Avenue's footprint in St. Paul solidified in 2013 when they bought and remodeled St. Paul's Turf Club. The Palace Theatre – owned by the city of St. Paul and run by First Avenue and Jam Productions – followed this past March.

Wild Tymes last went through a major remodel after it was purchased in 2011 by Palace of St. Paul LLC. 

The final show at Wild Tymes before the change of management is on Saturday. The free event features Fahrenheit Falling, Color Tab, Vital Vice, and Black Genesis (formally Saving Vinyl City). More info on Wild Tymes here.

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