The downtown St. Paul gay bar, Rumours & Innuendo, says its last night of business will be Saturday. The cause? Its owners cite an uphill battle with light-rail construction, which has been taking place right outside its front door. It's sad news for a bar that has been a strong advocate for the Lowertown nightlife scene. The Innuendo half of the operation opened in 2007, taking its name from a late '80s/early '90s gay club in St. Paul. The second half of the bar, a nightclub called Rumours, opened in 2008.
In a statement, owners Sean and Jim Fetterman said "we have decided that we cannot continue to engage in this uphill battle to provide a clear path to our business and limit interruption to our guest experience."
During the past four years, Rumours & Innuendo has been a home to many LGBT groups and nonprofits. In its quest to make downtown St. Paul a nightlife destination, the bar helped to create the Lowertown Entertainment District. One of the district's projects has been the annual Lowertown Boo's Crawl. The bar will participate in the Saturday pub crawl before closing down.
213 E. 4th St., St. Paul. 651-225-4528. www.rumours-innuendo.com.HAUNTED HOUSES GALORE
Trying to make last-minute haunted-house plans? Here's a quick look at the big ones. All end Sunday. (Sadly, tickets for the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement are sold out.)
Trail of Terror: This one has it all -- hayride, corn maze, beer, even a monster truck ride. (3525 W. 145th St., Shakopee. $18.95. 952-445-7361. www.trailofterrorfest.com.)
Screamtown: Located in the middle of nowhere, with a corn maze, haunted forest and my favorite -- the hillbilly motel. (7410 Hwy. 212, Chaska. $17. 612-562-6409. www.screamtown.com.)
Frightmares at Buck Hill: The ski hill has been turned into one of the metro's bigger-budget haunts. (15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville. $18. www.frightmares.com.)
ValleyScare: Don't let the goofy commercials fool you, there's a lot of screaming to be had here, plus the rides. (1 Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee. $28.95-$39.99. 952-445-6500. www.valleyscare.com.)
The Dungeons of Darkness and Doom: A guided haunted attraction, featuring student actors and a narrative arc, right off Hopkins' Mainstreet. (4 Shady Oak Rd S., Hopkins. $12. 952-886-3366. www.evilhill.net.)