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Dakota Jazz Club Turns the Artists' Quarter Location into Vieux Carré

The Artists' Quarter on its final night in business, December 31, 2013.

The Artists' Quarter on its final night in business, December 31, 2013.

The location that once held the Artists' Quarter is now home to Vieux Carré -- pronounced "view-ka-ray." After closing at the end of 2013, the St. Paul jazz venue's former location has changed ownership. The new venue is operated by Nicollet Mall's Dakota Jazz Club.

The space debuted on New Year's Eve 2014 with a performance by the Southside Aces as a pop-up. In the coming weeks into February, more sporadic events will grace the new downstairs club located in the historic Hamm Building. Then 
a limited remodeling will begin, which was hinted at last year when the Dakota's involvement was first announced.

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Why we need to keep the Artists' Quarter open
Vieux Carré, which means "old quarter" and refers to New Orleans' historic French Quarter, was also an autobiographical play by Tennessee Williams.

A limited menu is expected once Vieux Carré is fully open.

"We still have to sort through some things and get the work done, but it'd be a shame to let this space sit unused any longer," Dakota co-owner Lowell Pickett told Star Tribune. "We seem like a natural fit for this space and are very in line with keeping its legacy alive."

We will provide more information as a timeline and events are announced.

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