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400 Bar gets Mall of America eviction notice before full opening

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An inability to find financing has apparently dashed the plans to bring a Minneapolis rock club to the Mall of America.

MPR News reports an eviction notice dated Tuesday was posted at what was planned to be the 400 Bar's space at the Bloomington mall, saying an eviction hearing has been set for Sept. 30 at the Hennepin County Courthouse.

The Current's blog added that although an associated music museum, the Midwest Music Museum, opened in June, the August opening for the site's concert was postponed and a bar and restaurant never materialized.

The 400 Bar closed its West Bank location two years ago. Last winter, the legendary club announced it would reconfigure and reopen at the Mall of America.

A story by City Pages included a statement by the Mall of America, which reads, in part, "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 statement adds, "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."
The MPR story notes telephone numbers for the museum and club were not functioning on Wednesday and the bar and museum's social media pages had not been updated since earlier in the month.

The 400 Bar will forever hold a spot in Minneapolis music history for the rock era. Local bands like the Jayhawks and bluesman Willie Murphy were regulars there, and a young Bonnie Raitt played there.

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