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One of Uptown's largest restaurants closing to make way for new Pourhouse

Coup d’Etat, which serves new American food and cocktails in a spacious two-tier space in Uptown, will shutter its doors on Oct. 1 after three and a half years in business.

After a remodel, Pourhouse Uptown – an offshoot of the original Pourhouse, a downtown bar and nightclub – will open in its place by the end of the year.

Additionally, Pourhouse owner Deepak Nath is opening another Pourhouse location in the former The Library Bar in Dinkytown. Nath, who is a partner in the parent company Empire Entertainment, expects that outlet to open this fall.

“Sometimes opportunities present themselves that you just can’t say no to,” said Nath of the simultaneous projects. “These happened to happen at the same time and it just made sense.”

The original Pourhouse, which earned a reputation for hosting live music and other events and calls itself “the best party in town” on its website, just celebrated its fifth birthday this summer.

“We’re creating experiences,” Nath said. “It’s a great addition to the entertainment and nightlife scene to have a presence in these three neighborhoods.”

Coup d’Etat (2923 Girard Av. S., Mpls), part of the Jester Concepts restaurant group, will offer its staff an opportunity to remain employed at one of the other establishments, which include Monello, ConstantineBorough, Parlour and Mercado.

Jester Concept owners Jacob Toledo and Brent Frederick are also partners in Empire Entertainment.

New 'hidden' Japanese whiskey bar opens above Kado No Mise in North Loop

 

 

 

A new “hidden” whiskey bar featuring rare selections is now open in the building that houses Japanese restaurants Kado No Mise and Kaiseki Furukawa.

Gori Gori Peku (GGP for short), as owners John Gross and Shigeyuki Furukawa call it, is tucked into a corner on the second floor at 33 N. 1st. Av. (the former Origami location) in the North Loop.

Right now, the bar doesn’t have a sign of its own, but it can be accessed through Kado No Mise’ main entrance, and by asking to go upstairs.

 

 

 

 

Chef Furukawa, who ran Origami’s kitchen for several years, opened Kado No Mise – a casual-upscale Japanese restaurant serving sushi and other Edomae-style specialties – with business partner Gross in May of this year. The second phase of their business, Kaiseki Furukawa, a restaurant featuring many courses of traditional Japanese dishes, debuted in August.

 

 

 

 

Now, the team has added the third piece across the hallway from Kaiseki Furukawa: a tiny, dark space accented by a lit wall of Japanese whiskeys, including some scarce bottles and at least one variety – the Hakushu 18 year – that they believe to be the only in the state. A small selection of American whiskey and other spirits are also available in the nook that features an eight-seat bar and a modest leather-infused lounge area.

 

 

 

 

For now, the whiskey bar – like Kaiseki Furukawa – is only open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. until midnight. Eventually, Gross and Furukawa plan to extend the hours of both.

(Photos by Amelia Rayno)

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