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First look at the new Nye's: Smaller, trendier and opening soon

It's smaller, trendier and opening very soon.
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When it was announced that Nye's would return as part of the very development that replaced the original, the owners promised it would be a fresh start.

They weren't kidding.

The first images of Nye's Piano Bar have been released, revealing a trendy cocktail bar a fraction of the size of the famous Nye's Polonaise Room, which was bulldozed in 2016 to make way for an apartment tower.

Brothers Rob and Tony Jacob secured a spot in the "M at Hennepin" development that will allow them to give the Nye's name new life.

And you won't have to wait long to try it out yourself – Nye's Piano Bar will throw open its door to drinkers Thursday, Jan. 11, at 4 p.m. and will be open seven days a week.

So what will you find at the new Nye's?

Don't expect a return to the Polish-inspired food of the old Nye's. In fact, it won't be serving food at all.

At a minuscule 1,300 square feet (compared to the old bar's 11,000), the new venue is focusing solely on drinks, with "jumbo martinis, classic and craft cocktails, beers, fine wines and champagne" on offer.

But a nod to Nye's history can be found at the end of the bar, where a piano surrounded by barstools awaits for the bands who will offer "singalong entertainment" for drinkers.

The decor as well has elements of the classic design from the Polonaise Room, brought into the 21st Century by architect Ed Wilms of the DLR Group.

"We have successfully retired the classic 66 year Nye’s Polonaise Room legacy in 2016," the Jacob brothers said. "We are proud to start the new Nye's bar."

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