First Avenue to take ownership of Turf Club in St. Paul

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First Avenue in Minneapolis is apparently going to stake out some new turf in St. Paul, the Star Tribune reports.

The owners of the iconic music venue are getting ready to buy the Turf Club, a famed rock venue located on the corner of University and Snelling avenues.

The Turf Club opened in the 1940s and has been a mainstay in the Twin Cities music scene since the 1990s.

The Star Tribune says the First Avenue team will take over management of the Turf Club next Tuesday, but the sale won't be final for a few months.

The Current reports that the much of the 350-person capacity Turf Club will remain the same, including the club's name, the general aesthetic and the basement bar known as the Clown Lounge.

First Avenue manager Nate Kranz says some improvements are planned, including bathroom and sound system upgrades. Kranz says a kitchen is going in for some food service as well.

Essentially, though, the club will have "the same vibe," Kranz tells The Current.

News of the transaction comes shortly after word that another revered club in St. Paul will be closing its doors.

The owner of the Artists' Quarter said earlier this week he is going out of business after the jazz club's New Year's Eve show because of escalating costs to operate the venue.

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