Nicollet Diner is moving down the street, will include cabaret

The 24-hour diner will open in the new space this summer.
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Minneapolis' 24-hour diner is moving a few blocks away and will be adding a cabaret. 

The Nicollet Diner will be taking over the longtime home of Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, which closed in 2016 after 36 years, at 1333 Nicollet Ave., a few blocks from the 24-hour restaurant's current spot.

Nicollet Diner owner Sam Turner told the Star Tribune the building is the "opportunity of a lifetime," adding "everything has aligned in a way that makes perfect sense."

The diner will still be open 24 hours and feature its classics, such as all-day breakfast, burgers, malts and cocktails.

It will share the 13,000 square foot building with the new Roxy's Cabaret, a 120-seat "ultimate entertainment destination." The cabaret's concept is "female impersonation/celebrity look-a-like" drag shows and other entertainment, including comedy, live music, themed brunches and bingo, the venue's website says

When the upgraded space opens this summer, the former Ichiban building will be without its Japanese-inspired motif and instead have a rooftop patio on the third floor, Roxy's Cabaret said on Facebook.

Meanwhile, a new sports bar concept called Mother Clucker's Pizza will join Muffin Top Cafe at Nicollet Diner's current spot at 1428 Nicollet Ave. The new restaurant will focus on pizza, broasted chicken and hoagies, Nicollet Diner said on Facebook

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