Owner Johann Sfaellos (left) at Soundbar in 2007. Photo by David Joles.
Just days after celebrating its three-year anniversary, downtown Minneapolis nightclub, 414 Soundbar, has closed. The club, known for mixing Euro dance music and hip-hop, had its last night this past Sunday. It was located just steps from Target Field at 414 3rd Av. N.
Owner Johann Sfaellos said he could not resolve a leasing spat with the building's landlord and decided to walk away from the space. One of the building's co-owners said Sfaellos owed back rent, which he was ordered to pay in court.
Whatever the case, Sfaellos said he is already looking into opening another club in the downtown area. "I want to go in a different direction," he said. Sfaellos wants a larger space where he can mix Soundbar's intimate feel and dance music vibes with more mainstream sensibilities. He said his working name is Deseo, which is Spanish for "desire."