Duluth's Red Herring Lounge put up for sale, closing in June

Owner Bob Monahan recently opened the Hostel Du Nord in Duluth.
Publish date:

After 5 years in business, The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth is closing and has been put up for sale.

The bar, exhibition and concert venue at 208 E 1st St. was bought by Bob Monahan in 2012 – the space formerly being home to the Rocket Bar.

In 2014, Monahan opened it as the Red Herring Lounge, but announced last week on Facebook that its time is coming to an end.

He had listed the venue for sale in February, though told the Duluth News Tribune at the time that he had no plans to close the bar.

Circumstances have changed though, with Monahan saying that the Herring will close its doors for good on June 10 – five years to the day it opened.

"It has been a WILD RIDE to say the least...a ride I would not like to continue to ride, at this point," he wrote. "Bar ownership (throwing parties for a living) is a young-person's game. If I was making a bunch of money, I'd hire someone to run it, make appearances at all the big shows, give a bunch of high fives and back pats, and maybe jump behind the bar for a hot minute...YEE HAW.

"Unfortunately, that (making money) is not the case, and never really was. There are PLENTY of reasons for this, many related to my own deficiencies as a business owner."

Follow Bring Me The News on LinkedIN

He added: "At this point, the stress of being broke, and on top of that, owing a bunch of people/businesses has gotten the best of me. It's no way to live, people! Time to cut my losses and move on to bigger and better things."

By "bigger and better things," he's referring to the Hostel du Nord, which opened its doors last October, styling itself as the first "modern" hostel in Duluth.

Monahan oversaw the transformation of the former Garon Bros. Jewelers space at 217 W. 1st St., turning it into a contemporary hostel with space for 48 guests.

He says that the Red Herring Lounge will go out with a "BANG," with final festivities due to be announced. 

"All that being said: I have ZERO regrets- only a damn fine (and pricey) education and a TON of crazy, amazing memories (some more vivid than others)- to show for it." 

If you have any interest in following Monahan's footsteps, the Red Herring Lounge is for sale for $265,000.

Next Up

vaccine, covid

Twin Cities police investigating COVID vaccine thefts in viral videos

Videos of both incidents were recorded and shared online.

Guthrie theater

Guthrie to reopen to the public in July, shows resume this fall

The theater has been closed to the public for more than a year.

Target - good and gather plant based

Target is launching more than 30 new plant-based grocery products

All are part of the company's hit Good & Gather brand.

Roller Garden

Roller Garden to auction off skates, signs, arcade games and more

Many items from the beloved Roller Garden will be up for auction next month.

joseph ness booking photo

Charges: Chanhassen man fired hundreds of rounds, killing his sister

Six rifles, including AR-15 and AK-47 variants, were found inside the home.

police lights

Woman robbed and assaulted at gunpoint in Waite Park, police say

The incident occurred on Sunday at around 11:30 p.m.

pixabay - marijuana cannabis

Marijuana legalization: Minnesota House to vote Thursday

The "historic" vote on the House floor is set for Thursday afternoon.

Alicia Hinze

St. Paul brunch favorite The Buttered Tin to open Minneapolis location

Alicia Hinze's breakfast spot and bakery is heading to Northeast.


Lee's Liquor Lounge

Drinkers' dismay as Lee's Liquor Lounge announces it'll close

The saloon is an apparent victim of the Southwest Light Rail project.

Screen Shot 2019-06-01 at 9.20.30 AM

St. Paul basement jazz club to close this month

The Vieux Carre has been operating for five years.

Check out the first 'modern' hostel set to open in Duluth

Bookings will be taken for the Hostel du Nord from Saturday.

Blue Door

The Blue Door is closing its original St. Paul location for good

Two of its Minneapolis locations are still open, with the third temporarily closed.

The Draft Horse is closing after 3 years in Northeast Minneapolis

The Food Building has decided to open its own eatery and bar.

Screen Shot 2019-12-31 at 12.46.02 PM

Erik the Red is moving from its location next to U.S. Bank Stadium

The eatery opened just months after the Vikings stadium.

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 12.14.49 PM

Tori Ramen in St. Paul to close at the end of August

The Minneapolis restaurant will be staying open.