Mall of America: 400 Bar "Will Not Open at the Mall"

Musician Martha Weir found this notice duct taped to the 400 Bar's front door on Tuesday evening.

Musician Martha Weir found this notice duct taped to the 400 Bar's front door on Tuesday evening.

The days for the 400 Bar at Mall of America are over before they ever really got started.

After debuting a sign on the mall's fourth floor back in June, the ex-West Bank venue was expected to open back in July as part of a complex featuring a restaurant and the Midwest Music Museum. The museum opened with a Beatles photography exhibit, but the rest of the business stalled and delayed indefinitely. When contacted in July, Joe O'Brien said: "Opening date of larger room pushed back a little bit, nothing changed beyond that. Want to make sure we do it right the first time around."

Today, it appears time has run out as a tipster passed along a photo of an eviction notice taped to the door. 
The document clearly states that MOAC Mall Holdings LLC has served the eviction summons to Midwest Music Museum, The Four Hundred LLC, 400 Bar, and Music Parks United LLC.

The hearing date is set for Tuesday, September 30.

Update: Here is a statement issued today by Mall of America.
In any economy, it is frequently challenging for small or new businesses to establish themselves. Often finding appropriate financing terms can be a substantial obstacle for small business. This seems to be the circumstances for 400 Bar as they prepared to open at Mall of America. Timing and economic environment appear too challenging to allow 400 Bar to move forward with their plans.  

The 400 Bar has a unique place in Minnesota music history. Like so many others, we were excited when it was first announced that 400 Bar would be coming to Mall of America. While disappointed that 400 will not open at the Mall, we wish them the very best.
According to Star Tribune, the new 400 Bar location had an unpaid bill of $326,460.66 in delinquent rent based upon a monthly rent of $69,906 monthly rent listed in court documents.

Attempts to contact O'Brien were not immediately returned, but we will update this posting when we have more information.

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