Cowboy Jack's set to open its latest bar and restaurant in Uptown


The site of a former Asian fusion eatery in Uptown is set to become the latest location for bar and restaurant chain Cowboy Jack's.

The Midnight Group, which owns 10 Cowboy Jack's bars in Minnesota as well as Sally's Saloon, The Joint and the Cabooze, has submitted a liquor license application to the city of Minneapolis for the building at 2919 Hennepin Ave.

The document states that it will lead to the opening of a three-story bar and restaurant, the top two of which will be rooftop deck areas which when both are open will give the restaurant 333 seats in total.

The Business Journal reports that the building, formerly home to The Social House, was gutted over the winter, and a remodeling permit was issued to property owner Lagoon Partners for a $550,000 revamp.

Lagoon Partners manager Ned Abdul told Business Journal it was likely that Cowboy Jack's will open in mid-June, just in time for the summer season. It will represent the company's return to Uptown following the closure of Cowboy Slim's in West Lake Street in 2012.

The Social House closed abruptly last July, CityPages reports, with the owners of the eatery having been nine-year tenants of the building.

In October, Social House owner Michael Whitelaw was charged with tax fraud for allegedly failing to pay $100,000 in sales taxes between 2009 and 2010, the website says.

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