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The Modern will Reopen as the Sheridan Room

The Sheridan Room will open by the end of the year.

The Sheridan Room will open by the end of the year.

Any bar or restaurant that stands in this town for a couple of decades becomes an icon. Add to that a scripted marquee as recognizable as the Grain Belt sign, and when the Modern Cafe went dark, Northeast had a collective freakout. 

But then came the new that the Oulman's bought it— also owners of the nearby 331, Como Dockside and St. Paul's Amsterdam Bar, and we could breathe a little easier. Jon Oulman is a renowned curator of spaces, and he, like us, have a vested interest in not seeing the place go to pot. He told us in an interview that he and his son Jarett were in a position where they all but had to buy it— they didn't want to be stuck on a block where an unknown entity might grab it and turn it into an atrocity. 

So, The Modern, now the Sheridan Room will remain some kind of an "Americana" place, with a takeout element. What kind of Americana? Midwestern fare with breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, plus full bar, reports the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal. 

No word on the million dollar question: will they retain the famous pot roast recipe? 

Watch for the opening by the end of this year. 

The Sheridan Room

337 13th Ave. NE., Mpls