501 Club's dead, long live 501 Washington Ave.

​While the Oulmans have left the building, it seems that the former 501 Club space won't be sitting empty and noiseless for too long.

Reporting for Minneapolis's Downtown Journal (you've seen their papers everywhere) Gregory J. Scott spoke with the building's owner, Mario Cocchiarella, who seems to take this music thing pretty serious indeed.

The plan is basically to bifurcate the former 501's enormous footprint into two new bars, one for rocking and one for whistling, both directed at an apparently diverse and rather broke crowd.

"The most important thing," Cocchiarella said, is the return of live music.