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Fine Line sold to Minneapolis nightclub owners

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After 19 years of managing the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, owner Dario Anselmo sold the venue to owners of the "dance and drinks bars" Aqua and Elixir.

The Star Tribune reports the new owners, brothers Jado and Steve Hark, intend to continue the club's live music tradition, Anselmo said, and strengthen its relationship with First Avenue, which has booked many of the Fine Line's noteworthy gigs.

Anselmo told the newspaper that the Hark brothers will also ramp up the venue's private-party business similar to the Varsity Theater and Epic nightclub.

Anselmo listed several reasons for getting rid of the club, including the challenges of owning a business in downtown's Warehouse district, where many bars and restaurants have come and gone in recent years, the Star Tribune said.

The 750-person capacity club just celebrated its 25-year anniversary and has hosted the likes of George Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5 and the Pixies in recent years.

“The Fine Line has a long history,” an executive for Minneapolis Event Centers, recently formed by the Hark's, told The Current. "And we’re going to embrace that. Any of the changes that will be made will be—for example, putting in fresh carpets, things like that.”

City Pages reports the new ownership begins Aug. 6.

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