Report: Station 4 could be changing to a blues venue
Photo by Steve Cohen
Longtime St. Paul punk and metal venue Station 4 might be getting more of a makeover than what it originally bargained for. Back in June, the Lowertown club announced it would be closing for the summer to get a long-overdue renovation to its air conditioning system. Shows on the books moved to other venues, and the plan was to reopen after Labor Day.
Now, a cryptic message on the venue's Facebook page suggests that the changes could be more than just a breath of conditioned air, instead an entire revamp of the format of the space.
On Thursday afternoon, this message was posted:
It's looking like we will be reopening as a blues lounge and restaurant. At least that's the rumor. There is very little communication from the owner to the little guys. How do you feel about his business decision?
Given that the club will be passed by a lot more visitors as the Union Depot becomes a transportation hub for the LRT, the intersection of Fourth and Sibley could be a very different place by this time next year. According to Station 4 co-owner Steve Ledin, the club has endured about $1 million in lost revenue during the past two years.
Subsequently, a Save Station 4 Facebook page has popped up. Gimme Noise has attempted to contact representatives of the venue, and will update when we have more information.
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