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Blue Door Pub: license approved, opening delayed

Posted by: Tom Horgen under Nightlife Updated: April 25, 2012 - 3:39 PM

Here’s Blue Door Pub update No. 152: The Minneapolis location of this juicy lucy hot spot has been approved for a liquor license. But the targeted opening date has been pushed back to August (or later).

Co-owner Jeremy Woerner tells me his crew is set to begin construction in the next couple of weeks at 3448 42nd Av. S. in south Minneapolis (just down from the Riverview Theater). But a combination of licensing, surveys and variances led to some delays. He originally was hoping to be open by May. This location will be slightly larger than its incredibly-busy St. Paul sister. It’ll also be a total build-out, complete with new kitchen. Woerner said they’d like to keep the character of the old 1919 building (including the wood floors and tin ceiling) but everything else will be built from scratch.

The liquor license came with some conditions, including earlier closing times (later closing times concerned some residents). The restaurant will close at 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Woerner thought the times were a good compromise.

The clamoring for Blue Door’s opening is a constant on Twitter and Facebook, something Woerner said is a good problem to have. “Hopefully we’ll give people some delayed gratification,” he joked.

Photo by Brendan Sullivan, Star Tribune

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