After closing down at the end of 2012, the 400 Bar is following through on plans to relocate. Its new digs will be quite a different feel than the West Bank corner it occupied for decades, though.
When the 400 returns in June, it'll be on the fourth floor of Mall of America. According to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal it's part of a 25,000 square foot complex featuring a concert venue, a music museum, and a restaurant.
According to a release, the venue portion of the new 400 Bar will hold up to 1,000 people. Time will tell if the 400 Bar's strong relationships in the past with artists like Cat Power and Conor Oberst will figure into the booking of the future. Rock, country, and blues are reportedly part of the new mix. The restaurant will follow in September.
Equally mysterious is the museum portion of the space, dubbed the Midwest Music Museum. According to its site, the first exhibit will be announced on Monday, February 10. Both permanent and traveling exhibits are expected to be a part of it. Perhaps some of the items the 400 auctioned off after closing can now be donated to this museum.
As we learn more, we'll add it here.