If it seemed a stretch for the gritty 400 Bar to suburbanize itself at Mall of America, that's because it was. After months of construction delays, it seems the bar and music venue will not open at the mall.
An eviction notice was was posted on the 400 Bar's door on the fourth floor of Mall of America late Tuesday night, City Pages reported. This morning, Mall of America issued a statement:
"In any economy, it is frequently challenging for small or new businesses to establish themselves. Often finding appropriate financing terms can be a substantial obstacle for small business. This seems to be the circumstances for 400 Bar as they prepared to open at Mall of America. Timing and economic environment appear too challenging to allow 400 Bar to move forward with their plans. The 400 Bar has a unique place in Minnesota music history. Like so many others, we were excited when it was first announced that 400 Bar would be coming to Mall of America. While disappointed that 400 will not open at the Mall, we wish them the very best."
The storied 400 Bar, a fixture on the West Bank of Minneapolis—from the days of the Jayhawks and Semisonic to Arcade Fire—closed in 2012. In March, it was announced that the former owners would try to recreate the live music venue at the mall. Our arts and entertainment critic Tad Simons had his doubts even then.