It has changed a bit since Tom Scanlon bought it, but it is still the go-to place for great music in St Paul. I loved the SPMC, and wish it was still urging us to get with it. Several years ago, Ralph Stanley--yes, THE Ralph Stanley-- gigged here for pennies. It was like a movie.
Now that the smoking ban has happened, I go there a lot more often. I love the Tamale Lady. 4 for $5!